Easter Week Devotion - Day 2
One of the most frightening moments of my life came when I was in college.
The weather was bad, but I was dedicated to being at church. I made it no problem. The problem occurred when I left church that day.
As I was driving home, I came around a sharp turn and my car lost traction. My life flashed before my eyes, I spun in circles like a kid on a merry-go-round, and I landed in a ditch on the side of the road.
I was stuck.
Good news: I was alive. Bad news: I couldn’t get out of the car, no way was my car able to be operated, and I had no cell phone service.
I was stuck BAD.
Never in my life had I felt so hopeless. It wasn’t even a scared feeling, it was just one where I realized that there was nothing I could do about my situation on my own.
As I thought about that experience, I realized that’s how sin works. Sin has got us stuck.
Even when we realize we should all live good lives, we soon begin to realize that we can’t.
For example, everyone agrees that the Golden Rule is something worth living by. Everyone agrees that the world would be a much better place if we all followed that rule.
Tim Keller once challenged his church to obey the Golden Rule for 12 hours. He said, “I want you to meet the needs of other people with all of the strength, and with all of the joy, and with all of the creativity, and with all of the speed with which you meet your own needs…”
The point Keller was making is that you can’t.
You can’t—no matter how hard you try. In fact, the harder you try to be good, the more you begin to see how evil you really are!
But why? Why can’t we do what we all know we should do?
Paul expresses this reality in Romans 7:15 saying, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing that I hate.” And later he says in verse 18, “I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out!”
Like an animal at the zoo, sin might make us think that we are free, but shows us we are trapped with no way out on our own strength.
Sin has got us more than stuck. The Bible tells us that we are slaves to Sin. Why? Because sin isn’t just something we do (i.e. a law that we break). According to the Bible, sin is a power.
Like getting stuck off the side of the road with no help and no cell phone service, sin entraps us, envelops us, and ensnares us.
We need something beyond ourselves to save us.