Have you ever been on Pinterest and looked at the “Quotes” section? If you go there, you’ll see that there are a lot of encouraging posts. Here are a few of the ones I saw:
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
“The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are. The second greatest is being happy with what you find.”
“Best thing I ever did was believe in me.”
Whenever we read quotes like this, we are instantly reaffirmed. We read these and think, yes, this applies to me. Yes, I can do anything. Yes, I am happy with who I am. Yes, I believe in myself.
But is it true? Can you really do anything? Are you really happy with who you are? Do you just believe in yourself?
If you look around the world for a while, you’ll see that the world wants to reaffirm itself by sending out positive messages. Take a look at a teen magazine. Walk down a high school hallway and glance at the posters.
You can do it! Just be happy! Just be yourself! Try hard and you can accomplish anything!
I don’t know about you, but I know that I’m not happy with myself. Every single day, I am a sinful human being. There is not a single day that goes by that I don’t sin. Does that make me love myself? Absolutely not.
Sin is when your focus is on yourself instead of your neighbor or God. Sin is when all you can think about is me, me, me. I’m so important! I can do it! I just need to be myself to be happy!
Why are we being reaffirmed to be okay with this, with our lives of sin? The world doesn’t want to acknowledge that they mess up, so they make it okay with positive quotes like these. They want to assure themselves that they’re doing the right thing, that they’re doing just fine.
When in reality, we’re not. If I lived every day proud of my sin as the world is, I don’t know where I’d end up. We’re not doing just fine. Every day, the world is choosing to turn to sin. The world is looking at what’s right and saying that it’s wrong. They’re looking at what’s wrong and saying that it’s right.
And if everyone joins together, we get the mentality that maybe it’s true.
But it’s NOT. I know that I’m not perfect. I know that I screw up every day. I know that I sin continuously, knowingly, willingly. And I regret my sin. I’m not proud of it.
And as much as this bothers me, I have relief. Because I know that I am perfect in Christ. Because if Christ didn’t exist, if Christ hadn’t died on the cross for the sin of the world, we’d face God on Judgement Day and all He would see is our awful sin. You see, we don’t deserve anything because of our sin. But since Christ died on the cross, taking on the sin of the world and calling it His own, when I meet God on Judgement Day, all He will see is Jesus. He will see perfection. And He will welcome us with open arms into His Kingdom.
I rest assured knowing that I’m not perfect, because Christ is perfect for me. I’m not proud of my sin, but I’m proud of what Christ has done for me. I don’t believe in myself, because if I did that, I’d be set for failure. But in Christ, nothing will fail. In Christ alone I believe, because He is the only one that can save me, not myself.