I begin a morning getting up early, and reading God's Word with a cup of coffee. Sometimes interruptions happen and I end up reading the Bible in fits and starts. That's how my day begins and then the real fun starts. My loved ones, a dog, and the world enter the picture. The testing begins! Is my day going to encompass tripping, falling, and generally being an idiot or am I going to be pleasing to God?
Silly me! As I began to follow Christ and, growing in faith and relationship to my Lord, I thought I would think and act better. Instead, I live in a war zone. My sin nature is pitted against my redeemed spirit. Followers of Christ are to be reflections of God's Glory. In just one day's time how often do I reflect His Glory? Am I looking through my lens or God's lens? Do I take the time to exchange my lens for His in any situation and see and hear from Him? And obey Him?
The following Scripture verse encapsulates my human state completely. "For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin" Romans 7:22-25.
“A believer perceives his own sinfulness in direct proportion to how clearly he sees the holiness of God and perfection of His law” (John MacArthur). I have to be willing to die to myself daily in order to reach a state of mind where all my attitudes, will, feelings, deeds, and goals are exchanged for God's.