Listen to this devotional:
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (NIV)
Hebrews 10:14 – For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. (NASB)
Several months ago, my kids and my husband bought me the Wii fit board for my birthday. We already had the Wii Sport, which I had been enjoying. They all thought this might make exercising — which I don't really enjoy — a bit more fun. And so the fun began!
I was motivated and challenged to become better as I worked at the different balance games, and my balance has definitely improved. The aerobics were also a challenge and a pretty good workout at the same time. It was rewarding to see the results after each activity, and to see my scores get better and better. As time has gone on, however, it has become very interesting to watch as the screen tells me if I am "Perfect" or just "Okay". I like it when I see the word "Perfect", but I get quite frustrated when I see "Okay". I may be going along with "Perfect" again and again, and I think, "Wow! This is going to be a perfect score!" when, suddenly, I'm off time, and there is that word "Okay" again.
The more this went on, the more I kept thinking to myself that there is a devotional in this!
Isn't this exactly the way our Christian journeys are? Things can be going along very well, and we may think we are living a perfect life — and then, all of a sudden, we make a mistake, and we're just "Okay". Being the perfectionist that I am, I sometimes have a hard time when I make mistakes. I am too hard on myself, and I get frustrated, just like I do with the Wii. But God loves us just the way we are — with all of our weaknesses and faults. The Bible says that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We are all sinners. We all need a Saviour, and that is why God sent His only Son to this earth to die for the sins of the world — for our sins — for my sins and for your sins. When we confess our sins to God and accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are saved. We will not always be perfect. At times, we may only be "Okay", but we are His, and He will always be with us to help us become the people He wants us to be.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You that we don't have to be perfect. We're sorry when we fail to do the things that are pleasing to You, but we are so grateful that You are willing to forgive our sins when we come to You and confess them to You. Thank You for sending Jesus to pay the price for our sins and to show us the way. Thank You for being so patient with us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.