Here is another classic verse from the Epistle of James…
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. (James 2:10)
One sin was enough to make me a “law breaker.” Since Heaven’s standard is perfection, one sin was all it took for me to become a sinner, and be disqualified for entry into Heaven. The Law is broken because I broke it! (Not just once, but many times over!)
We have a tendency to rate sins, viewing some as very serious (like murder) and others as minor infractions (like lying). In one sense, I agree with the idea that some sins are worse than others. (I would rather have you lie to me than have you murder me.) However, when it comes to our spiritual standing, any sin makes us a lost sinner.
If we could somehow go our entire lives and only sin once – (good luck with that) – we would still be lost and in need of a Saviour. Heaven’s standard is perfection, and anything less than that is deserving of Hell. Does that seem unfair to you? Allow me to illustrate this…
If a small speck of dirt fell into your glass of water, you would dump it out and get a fresh glass of water.
If you got a small mustard stain on your white shirt, you would change your shirt before going out in public, even though most of your shirt was still white. You know that peoples’ eyes would go right to that stain.
How would you feel if you knew that a tiny amount of the ebola virus had just entered your body? Would you be okay with that?
Sin is like a virus that grows rampantly. It started in the Garden of Eden and has overtaken the world! Heaven is perfect, but if God allows the sin virus into Heaven, it will become corrupted just like this world.
A broken leg is a broken leg, regardless of where in the leg the break occurs. A broken Law is a broken Law, regardless of where in the Law the break occurs. So if we have broken part of God's Law, we have broken all of God's Law.
Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The standard for entry into Heaven is perfection, which means that once you’ve lost it, you can never gain it back on your own power. No amount of good works can make up for the sin we’ve committed, because we cannot go back and re-write history. No amount of good deeds can erase the bad deeds that we have done.
However, there is Good News! God sent His Son Jesus to this world to be our Saviour. He lived a perfect life to satisfy the demands of the Law on our behalf. He died on the Cross to pay the penalty for sin on our behalf. If we confess our sin and accept Him as our Saviour, He will pay off our debt and give us His perfect record! We will be credited with His righteousness, which means that in terms of the Law, we will have a right standing with God. Our position before Almighty God will be as if we never sinned!
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
God’s salvation is awesome! But please remember that you need to accept it in order to obtain it. If you reject His offer, then you will enter eternity on the basis of your own record! (I do not recommend that.)
If you have more questions after reading this, I encourage you to read my first devotional from March 1, 2018 called “Share The Good News.”
Today’s Good News is that Jesus is willing to trade His perfect record for your broken one.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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