Saturday, May 16, 2015

Romans 3:23 -- On Falling Short and Staying in School

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:23

This is a good reminder that we all need Christ's atonement in our lives.  By ourselves, none of us meet the requirements of heaven.  But because of Christ, we can still make it.  Even though we fall short, if we are doing all we can, then Christ makes up the difference.
I think we give ourselves too much credit sometimes, thinking that we can do it all on our own, or that we're in a significantly better position than other people.  But when it says that we come short, it isn't just half a percentage point.  It isn't an essay question that was judged too harshly.  It's more like we're trying to buy a house with 15 cents, a nail, and a pile of Monopoly money.  And we're all in that situation... no matter how many pennies we've saved up, none of us comes close to the real price, which Christ paid for us.
That doesn't mean that obedience is worthless, or that keeping the law of the gospel is pointless.  It just means that we really need God.  He is the one that stands between us and the law and gives us more time and leniency as we learn and grow.  We still need to learn the things that the law requires.  Instead of losing our place in heaven the first time we sin, Christ's intervention allows us to recover from our mistakes and get back on track.  It's kind of like he is paying our way through College after we lost our scholarship.  We still get all the benefits of learning and becoming what we want to be.  We just need some help or we won't be able to stay in school.
Today, let's remember how much we need God.  Let's be thankful and prayerful, and remember everything that he has done for us.  And let's take advantage of this time that Christ has given us, and learn all we can, and become the sort of people who will change the world for the better.

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