The last several weeks have given many of us an unprecedented amount of time to ourselves or in close quarters with a loved one. Do you like yourself enough to spend that much time with you? What have you learned about yourself and your natural tendencies?
I am reading the book of Romans and I just went through chapter seven and it really spoke to this. I always struggle to understand our inherit sin nature and how it can be that way considering we have an all-knowing all-powerful God. Understanding sin is the first step in understanding the grace of God. It’s weird that those two things almost work together for our ultimate good. Without sin what is the point? But my point here is more about the first instinct that we all share, selfishness. Is that sin working in our lives? Why do we, by nature, tend to have a poor first thought or poor first action? How do we live with a sinful nature that never goes away? Believing in and following Christ does not eliminate sin from our lives, it just creates a bridge for us to acknowledge and repent from those sins. It gives us a door to access heaven where before Jesus, there was no door.
During this time of quarantine and uncertainty I find myself succumbing to laziness and doubt. I doubt the future and my ability to control things. Those doubts lead to laziness. Not all the time, probably not even most of the time, but definitely sometimes. It’s important for me to call those instances out and evaluate them.
What are you learning about your sinful nature in this time of quarantine? Are you happy with how you are responding to the things you can’t control?
Romans 7:25 gives us all hope. It is the reason that sin will not get the last word. Sin does not control us because of this verse. So, as you continue to learn about yourself and evaluate your thoughts and motivations I would encourage you to remember that it is a battle, but the ending is already determined. Christ won, therefore, we get to win. It’s worth remembering.
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[a] a slave to the law of sin.Romans 7:21-25