We’re in one of those seasons where everything we own seems to be falling into disrepair–the refrigerator, dishwasher, air conditioner, just to name a few.
No matter how much care and maintenance we provide, things sooner or later break down (and often all at once). It is disappointing…and costly. True of appliances. True of us.
Sin eventually leads to brokenness in each and every one of us. And since the first fall, each of us from every generation, has fallen short of the glory for which God made us and to which he calls us. (Romans 3:23)
We all carry those cringy memories–the ones that still give you a pit in your stomach. You at your worst; your most broken moments of sinfulness and wretchedness. Like an old scrapbook, I find it painful, yet valuable to pull them out every once in awhile and remind myself where I’ve been–and would still be–without Christ.
Only when I am this honest with myself can I again fully experience the joy and gratitude of my true identity in Christ.
No one says it better or more evocatively than Paul in his letter to the Ephesians. Read these words today with fresh eyes:
You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.
All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.
But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us–even when we were dead through our trespasses–made us alive together with Christ….
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.Ephesians 2: 1-5, 8
As I move through a world broken daily by sin, I hope I will lift up praise when the next thing I touch breaks down. Yes, it is disappointing…and costly, but it is also a beautiful, blessed reminder that I am no longer broken; I am made whole and new eternally, thanks to the love of God and the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Praise be to God!