Am I going to lay a stake in the ground, claiming that I have never missed God’s goal for my life?
I could but I would be claiming that God is a liar. Now that is something to think about.
Claiming that would show my ignorance. Do I really want that?
No, I don’t. I miss God’s goal for me. It is the state I was born in. We know the drill. We know what God wants us to do. The target is clear. We aim, we shoot, we miss. Target missed.
Jesus came to free me from that cycle. We are a people who have good news. God wants us to love and he gives us the power of his Holy Spirit to make it possible in our life.
Here are the key ideas:
- God has goals for us. We know what they are.
- God is God, he doesn’t change or change his goals.
- We miss God’s goals. We need to confess that fact.
- God is in a good mood because he sent his Son, Jesus the Messiah, to free us from that cycle.
If we claim that we’re free of missing God’s goal for our life (sin), we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit how we miss God’s goal for our life (sin)—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never missed God’s goal for our life (sin), we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God. (1 John 1:10)