Day 36 P. 409-423
In today’s reading, there were many ideas that stood out, specifically in the book of 1 John. I saw a consistent theme as I was reading: the deception that we think of ourselves as living such holy and righteous lives. We often get in a mindset where we think that we have life figured out and we are doing pretty good on our own. However, the whole book of 1 John completely blows that idea out of the water.
There were many verses that showed us this deceptive state that we so often live in, such as “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” In my own life, I know that this can happen very often. I start to think that I’m living my life pretty well and I’ve got this thing called life figured out. It’s funny how God humbles me very quickly, even by reading this passage.
We have to face the cold hard truth: we are sinners, whose lives are messy and broken. We can’t live this life on our own or in our own power. However, we know that we can call on Jesus Christ for His holy power and atonement in our lives. One of the verses in 1 John affirms this when it says, “But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world.” What an encouragement! We can rest and know that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is our atoning sacrifice for our sins and saves us from all wrongs that we may commit.
Whenever I start to think I’m doing life just fine by myself, I can look back at these verses to be humbled very quickly. However, I can take comfort in the fact that Jesus will always be there to pick me right back up when I do stumble and fall. He will be with me through every step in my life.
About The Author
Ryan Higgs is from Henderson, Texas and is the student pastor at Oakland Heights Baptist Church. He is currently a junior at East Texas Baptist University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in religion. His plans are to graduate from East Texas Baptist University in 2019 and pursue a master’s degree in theology.