Are you a dismal failure? ∙∙

Are you a dismal failure? ∙

No one does good, not a single one. – Romans 3:12

Romans 3:23-25

 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.

Frequently, we ruminate about what others think of us and fear that we may not meet their real or imagined expectations.

If you are experiencing low self-esteem, the Father offers a straightforward resolution. Instead of comparing ourselves to the standards of others, or our own, we should use His standards as our benchmark. When we compare ourselves to His absolute standard, we realize how drastically far short we fall.

We may feel even worse about ourselves. Such an awareness becomes the death toll of self-pride and self-promotion. Instead, we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God so that he might exalt us at the proper time.

There is a significant difference between feeling relatively bad about yourself and feeling absolutely bad about yourself. When you feel relatively bad about yourself, there is room for personal growth and progress. You can attempt to improve yourself and improve your condition. But when you feel absolutely bad about yourself, it can be paralyzing, leaving you with a sense of hopelessness. There is absolutely nothing you can do about it. However, hitting the bottom provides the foundation for a triumphal resolution.

Paul pushes the boundary and logically takes us to a dreadful conclusion. Paul does not say that we were merely sinful, depraved, or sick before we became children of the King. Instead, he says that we were dead.

Ephesians 2:1 You were dead in your trespasses and sins.

When we evaluate ourselves in light of the Father’s standards, it becomes clear that we are inadequate and fall short. Our shortcomings become glaringly apparent. There is no longer any question about where we stand. We see things as they really are. We recognize and acknowledge that we are dismal failures. We stand condemned. There is nothing we can do to improve our condition.

As individuals condemned and hopeless, we find ourselves in dire need of the Father’s love, mercy, and grace. The apostle Paul reminds us that we were not doing well and improving when the Father intervened. Instead, we were once His enemies and thoroughly alienated from Him. In response to our sorry state, the Father sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die for us to resolve the worst part of our darkened human condition. Through the death of Jesus Christ, reconciliation was made possible, and the barriers separating us from the Father were removed.

Romans 5:10 While we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son.

The Father brought about a significant paradigm shift for all the children of the King. We were utterly helpless, entirely in the wrong, and condemned. However, The Father unilaterally declared us righteous, and so we are! We are now clothed in the righteousness of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21 for God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Romans 3:24 God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

REFLECT & PRAY

You don’t drown by falling into water. You only drown if you stay there (Zig Ziglar).

Father thank You for lifting me out of the miry pit and placing me on solid ground.

INSIGHT

Imagine walking through swampy woods and suddenly finding yourself sinking in quicksand up to your neck. First, you must find a way out of your terrifying and deadly situation. Second, you need to get cleaned up, removing all the muck and dirt covering you from head to toe.

This is precisely what the Father has done for us! He has rescued us from the miry pit, the ugly mess we made of our lives. Then He made us thoroughly clean as if it never happened. We are no longer sullied; all the spots and blemishes are removed.

In a sense, we have been put on trial and found guilty, standing condemned. However, the Father did something miraculous and astonishing. Through faith in Christ, we have been justified and declared righteous by the Father, once and for all. We have a whole new legal standing. The result is that as children of the King, we no longer live in fear of judgment or the wrath of God but have peace with Him. This peace is not just a subjective feeling but an objective reality (ESV notes).

The enemy may focus on our past messes and try to remind us of them, but the Father focuses on our redemption and cleansed lives, encouraging each child of the King.

This gives us an unexpected and delightful opportunity. We can choose to keep recalling the dark failures of our past or focus on the clean, pure, and righteous redemption that the Father has wrought.

Darkness or light, death or life, condemnation or acceptance, the choice is ours.

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark (Michelangelo).

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© Dr. H 2023

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