What We Were (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 167)
1 Corinthians 6:9, 11 (NLT)
Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
All of us have a sin nature. We were born with it. We battle temptation every day. At every point in life, we arrive at a crossroads and have a decision to make. We can choose to do good or evil. We all want to do what comes natural to us, but that often is sinful. When we choose to go our own way, we elect to travel a path that is far from God and riddled with defilement and debauchery that we will inevitably fall into without divine help.
But thankfully, we don’t have to follow that path. What we were in the past does not have to be who we are today. God offers a better way of life. It is a way that we do not have to “work” for or “earn”. Even if we tried, our efforts would be in vain. It doesn’t matter what we were, why we did what we did, or who we followed to get there. None of that matters to God.
He presents us with a decision to change our ways. When we cross the line from our way and pass over to God’s way, we are agreeing with God that our past life is unholy and unclean. We humbly accept His help in cleansing us and transforming us into the people He wants us to be. When you turn to Christ, you choose a better path. Thank God that His grace does not depend upon what we once were or what we can do to redeem ourselves but upon what He has done to redeem us.
“By Christ’s purchasing redemption, two things are intended: his satisfaction and his merit; the one pays our debt, and so satisfies; the other procures our title, and so merits. The satisfaction of Christ is to free us from misery; the merit of Christ is to purchase happiness for us.”
— Jonathan Edwards