Owning Sin, Disowning Achievements

To move forward in Christ, we must “own” our own sin.  We don’t need to identify with it, to have a sin based identity, but we must own up to our own mistakes and failings.

When we fail, it is not God’s fault, it is not our parents’ fault, and it is not the church’s fault. It is just us and a holy God, and we must face him honestly.

When we “walk in the light, the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin.”

The corollary truth is equally important. When God has cleansed us from our sins, and has us walking on water, the glory and the praise belong to him. Christ is doing the work; he is living through us; our part is only to yield to him.

These truths will yield a fruitful, joyful, and satisfying life, pleasing to God and helpful to man. We will have God’s praise and honor, and he will rejoice in us, his obedient children.

In addition, many will be saved, heaven will rejoice, and we will have many friends.

This is “abundant life;” this is “eternal life;” this is life in Christ, now and forever!

— Brad Heilhecker