Redemption. We hear this word so often, but do we really know what it means? And if we do know the dictionary meaning, how willing are we to allow it to work in our lives?
As part of the human race, we seem to have this overwhelming struggle with a thing called sin. Somewhere along the line, we realized that there was something we were missing. So we try to fill this loss with other things. Sure, we may try things such as drugs, sex, and…what other cliche do we hear about at youth group? But what about our biggest sin of all- pride?
If you’re reading this and thinking, “I don’t have a problem with pride” that probably means you do. (Right? Haven’t we all heard that statement?) But maybe we’re thinking about pride in all of the wrong ways. Maybe the problem isn’t the acts of sin that we use to try to complete our lives, but the fact that we’re trying to complete our lives by ourselves in the first place. In one of my religion classes, we were talking about different sins that can lead to falling in the ministry. I said pride was the biggest. My friend said that while pride was a big one, lust was a pretty big deal too. But you see, pride is the root of lust, in that lust looks for things in this world to bring fulfillment instead of looking to God. Put simply, pride is a focus on ourselves instead of God.
If we look in the Bible, it seems to depict pride as the first sin leading to all others as well. Look at Lucifer for example. Isaiah 14:13 says this of him, “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God.” Isn’t this the same lie He told Eve? “You will not surely die…For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,” (Gen. 3:4-5). So why did both the angels and humanity fall? Because we wanted to be our own god.
Why in the world do we want to be our own god, when we are only the mirror reflecting God’s image? The One who created the universe and uses it as a footstool died to acquit us of our sin so that we could share in the divine relationship, yet we still think that we have it all figured out.
So here’s my point: it doesn’t even matter what you think you want, because God’s purpose ultimately prevails (Prov. 19:21). Stop fighting God for control over your life. Stop trying to be your own god. Stop trying to complete your own life when it is promised “that He who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ, developing and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you,” (Phil. 1:6, Amplified).
While our efforts to find fulfillment always fall short, God’s are truly good and will bring ultimate completion and perfection. Our attempts are tarnished and broken, but “He is the Rock, His works are perfect” (Deut. 32:4). Allow Him to love you, comfort you, mend you,complete you, and perfect you.