We want release, freedom and escape from the heaviness of life! We don’t like for life to get heavy, but it does and the truth, like it or not, is: We need for life to get heavy. When life gets heavy, it forces me to look at things realistically. I often think that the only way to happiness is for things to go my way and this is just not true. Often, when things are not going my way, I stop and try to figure out why and in the process discover some ugly stuff that needs to be taken on and out of my life. If the heaviness was not there, then I don’t know that I would ever take the time or make the effort to see the reality and deal with it.
We are all sinners! We do things that we should not do. We do things that get in the way of our having a right relationship with our Creator and Sustainer. We fail to do things that we should do. Our failure to do these things keep us from having the relationship of blessing that God desires for us to have with Him. We know that we have a problem – the question is: What are we going to do about it?
We Have Three Options! 1. We can deny our condition and pretend that it does not exist. 2. We can try and change our condition. 3. We can admit, be sorry and experience freedom. Let’s take a look at each of these.
We Can Deny Our Condition! Just pretend that you don’t have any sin or convince yourself that your sin does not really matter! The problem with denial is that the problem just gets bigger and does greater destruction. The problem of sin will never just go away. You have to do your part and allow God to do His!
We Can Try And Change Our Condition! Sometimes we will come to the place of realization that says yes “I am a sinner!” and then we decide that “we” ourselves are going to do something about it. The problem is this: We are not strong enough, smart enough or disciplined enough to deal with sin on our own. It is going to take a power greater than our own. The good news is that God never intended for you to do it by yourself!
We Can Admit, Be Sorry And Set Free! The first step to getting free is admission. If you want to deal with a problem, you have to admit that you have a problem! Admit to God, yourself and others that you are a sinner and that you can do nothing to save yourself! The next step is to be sorry for your sin. Sorrow is not really all that hard after admission. To really be sorry for our sin, we need to see our sinfulness next to God’s Holiness. Our happiness does not come through our sorrow, but through God’s response to our sorrow! God wants to and will set you free! Don’t waste God’s grace – open your heart and life and enjoy every bit of it!