18 July 2014 - clay

Why I consistently screw up things

 

"Good and Evil" by Alex Eylar is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

“Good and Evil” by Alex Eylar is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.

Romans 7:18-19

This is a real day brightener, isn’t it? The first thing you want to read in the morning is some guy crying about how is life is so difficult and all of his first world problems. I can already tell that you’re thinking of moving on, but please don’t. This won’t fully be about complaining, or what poor choices I make, or five steps to live your best life now. Well, not completely about that anyway.11. Except for the best life now part. It won’t be at all about that, because that theme is junk.

Every week, I make terrible choices. They might be financial, nutritional, spiritual, or relational but in any one week, I screw them all up. I buy something I don’t need or forget to pay a bill.22. Yes, this still happens. No, I’m not proud of it. Yes, you can judge me. I eat an entire cherry pie in one night (thought not all at once). I try to spend more than a minimum of time praying , reading, and meditating about God. I try not to become frustrated and angry with my children.

And yet, each one of those things I do. Like Paul, I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.

We’re all wired a little bit this way. Each of us does a bit of self-sabotage every now and then. Paul admits this, and we should be willing to admit it. None of us are finished products. There will always be an area of our life where we need to develop better habits. That could be eating, working out, praying, spending time with children, or any of a million other things. There are so many distractions that keep us from doing that, and it can be difficult to keep toeing that line.

How do we deal with it?

22 For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Romans 7:22-24

We can’t deal with it. We’re sinners, plain and simple. We are captive to the law of sin that dwells in each of us. The only way out is through Christ. The only way to be rescued from ourselves is Christ. The only one able to save is Christ.

We can try all we want.33. As my dad is always fond of saying, even the steer tries. Think about it, and you’ll understand. As Yoda said, “do or do not….there is no try”. We have to simply be Christians. Be who God made us to be. We aren’t perfect and we aren’t even going to be able to achieve perfection, not on our own. However, if we strive to be like Christ, if we delight in the law of God in our inmost selves, as we draw closer to Him our character will draw closer to His.

Through death we have life. Through war we have peace. Through pain we have relief. Through Christ we have victory.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. 1. Except for the best life now part. It won’t be at all about that, because that theme is junk.
2. 2. Yes, this still happens. No, I’m not proud of it. Yes, you can judge me.
3. 3. As my dad is always fond of saying, even the steer tries. Think about it, and you’ll understand.

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