Thursday, September 13, 2018
When I went to Russia for the first time in 1992, we visited the first McDonalds to be established in Moscow. The square was filled with young people. The line stretched for a block and a half. At first, I thought they were all Americans because they wore what our youth did. Yet, they were Russians. They looked like us, but they weren’t. Have you noticed how often Christians do that? We dress like the world. We talk like the world. We even think like the world. When we do, we are putting Jesus on the back burner. Why? Because this is the “here and now,” and heaven seems so far away! Religion becomes an emergency cell phone to only call the Divine 911. However, until faith in Jesus becomes our daily garment, we will be nothing more than flashlights with dead batteries. How far away is heaven for you?
That condition isn’t reserved for the young or middle aged only. It infects the older generations too. Sin comes in different shades. Satan convinces us that our shade isn’t as bad as another person’s. The thought is advanced that even though we are guilty, we can repent after self is satisfied. Eve thought the forbidden was good, pleasant, and desirable (Genesis 3:6). She probably thought, “Since God made everything good, why isn’t it good enough to eat” (Genesis 1:3, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). Since God made everything good, isn’t the next logical step, “Since everything is good, and that good is pleasant to behold, it must be God’s dessert just waiting for us to taste.” Logic certainly would be in favor of adding, “anything that is good to eat and pleasant to behold, must have been put here by God to make us wise.” Perhaps Adam was so silent in all this because he was dumbfounded by his beautiful wife’s logic? In fact, don’t we continue to mimic it today?
The Old Testament speaks well of David. He is held in high esteem by the Jews. The New Testament places him in “Faith’s Hall of Fame” (Hebrews 11:32). Despite his faith, the following passage is a glaring reminder that none are perfect, and all need the Lord.
“For David had done what was right in the eyes of the LORD and had not failed to keep any of the LORD’s commands all the days of his life–except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.” (1 Kings 15:5. Also see Romans 3:10, 23).
I cannot make myself perfect. That is not my goal. Jesus can make me perfect through his blood and God’s grace. Heaven may seem far away, but the distance need not to be measured if we put our complete trust in Jesus now!