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While working my way through the first day of the Preaching the Gospel to Yourself study by the Daily Grace Co., I came across this quote. Well, I paraphrased it into my own words, but a truth very similar to this. Specifically in reference to Adam and Eve in this case. Their disobedience was more than just disobedience. It was an attempt to be god.
As I read those words though, it really hit home for me personally. Failure to trust in God’s goodness, provision and authority is sin- plain and simple. Putting more stock in my own ability to figure things out, make things right, dictate the way things should go- more than my faith that my Father has it worked out- is sin. When I play god in my own life, I am glorifying myself and showing that I don’t truly trust and believe in His goodness.
Total heart check on this icy, rainy morning. I may not have a carved idol sitting in my living room, but I have set up an idol in my own heart. We live in a go-getter culture. Any time spent browsing social media, we are flooded with self-empowerment quotes. Promises that we can do anything we set our minds to and we have all power and authority over the way our lives go. (Not that I don’t believe in the power of the human mind, setting goals, working hard, etc.), but this is such a dangerous culture. It sets us up for a “little god” complex. In all actuality, I cannot do it all. I have a need for Jesus. And this self-elevation is sin.
Sin condemns me. Because of His nature and goodness, sin puts me at odds with God. The beauty here though, lies in salvation. From the very moment that Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, God promised a way out (Genesis 3:15). He promised Jesus. If we have accepted Him, we are freed from the guilt and shame of our sin.
After allowing my heart to marinate in that truth for a few minutes, I was overcome by a sense of peace. How freeing and beautiful that I don’t have to bear the weight of my life! I don’t have the power to totally screw it up if I make a mistake. The pressure to make sure everything is perfect is lifted. We do not have to carry the full weight, because Jesus is bearing it for us! I am not a god, and I don’t have to be. He is good at being God!
My challenge to myself- and you- this morning is to walk in a manner worthy of the grace that we have been given. If you see yourself living in a “fix it myself” culture vs a “do what I can and rely on God for the rest” culture, repent of this sin pattern and rest in grace. Allow Him to sanity you. Put your trust fully in God and allow Him to carry you throughout your circumstances. Let God be God! I know I sure needed this reminder.
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