Thursday - October 6, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Romans 3:21-31
When we sin, we sometimes take comfort in knowing that there are people who are worse sinners than we are, who have committed far greater sins than ours. There are “worse” sinners, right? The Bible tells us about the people in Sodom and Gomorrah, about Ahab and his evil wife, Jezebel, not to mention Judas Iscariot and many others. In the more modern world there are Hitler, Charles Manson, and terrorist organizations, just to name a few. We may think, “I’m no saint, but at least I am not a terrorist!”
There it is. That is our problem! We are constantly comparing ourselves to those around us, when, in reality, the only comparison we need to make is to Jesus Christ. When we hold our life up to His, we all come up short. Incredibly short. John writes, “All wrongdoing is sin.” If the book of Romans teaches us anything, it is that we are all sinners (Romans 3.23). When we compare our life to someone other than Jesus, we are comparing ourselves to someone who is also a sinner. This method is only taking a broken standard and using it as a guide to judge. Even Paul tells us to be imitators of him as he imitates Christ. Only then will our sin be seen as what it really is: Missing the mark that God has set for us.
Application: What have you been using as your guide?