A Problem Man Cannot Solve

We more readily accept God’s gift of eternal life when we realize we couldn’t save ourselves in the first place.

Jeremiah 17:5-8

Have you known someone who refused to accept any help whatsoever? Perhaps you were told, I don’t need your charity or  I can do this myself! On some level, we respect these people’s commitment to make their own way in life. However, this perspective may in fact be a symptom of spiritual problems that could be holding them back-a character who wants nothing more than his rights. That is, he wants only what he deserves—no more, no less. On the surface, this appears to be an act of humility. However, his attitude is one of false humility and is actually motivated by pride. In a similar way, if we’re determined to solve problems on our own, then we will fail miserably, especially when it comes to the issue of sin.

Romans 3:23 makes it clear that sin is everyone’s problem, and the price to be paid for it is death (Rom. 6:23). If we, accept only our rights, then sin and death will reign in our life. We can overcome it only with true humility and accepting what we did not deserve—the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Thank Him today for providing what we could not achieve on our own: our salvation.

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