Somehow, by the time I reached about sixteen years of age, I held the belief that I could solve any problem. This over-drive to figure things out has stayed true well into my forty’s (trust me, it’s not always a good thing). Many times, the “let me fix it mentality” would suck me into projects, PowerPoints, spreadsheets, implementations, business performance issues, etc. for hours on end! Do you know anyone else like this?
Well the truth is, while we can solve and fix most problems with hard work and determination there is one problem that we cannot solve on our own. That is the “sin problem.”
I was reading chapter two of Ephesians today and saw it clearly… right there in black and white, we were dead in our sins. This means that our human nature and problem of sin cannot be escaped in our own power. Yet, our arrogance (ego & pride) has so many believing that we can do it.
The sin nature that permeates human nature is no small problem. It’s this very nature that causes us to rebel against God rather than trust Him or please Him. It comes from deep within and no matter how hard we try to cover it up or change, we can never be completely untainted. It’s not about simply discontinuing misdeeds because the sin problem comes from the unrighteousness in our minds, our attitudes, and our motives. Without a doubt, no matter how hard we try to fix this problem, we are unable to do it in our own power.
God’s grace comes into play here and by His mercy we can be given life!! Only He has the power to solve our sin problem and He is ready and willing to do so.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:4-6