Too often our problem is that we don’t want to admit we’re broken. We are separated from God because of what we’ve done but if we don’t accept that fact, then we’ll never do what’s necessary to fix the problem. It’s like having something we’ve broken and tried to fix sitting there, waiting to see if someone ever finds out. We think we’ve got everyone fooled but if they come near it, if they pick it up, we hold our breath waiting to see if they notice. Because we know eventually, surely someone will notice. It’s that mindset that deep down knows they need to come out and accept the truth but our desire to make everyone think we’re OK keeps us from admitting what’s inside.
Jesus had this problem when He began preaching to the religious elite of His day. And while we may not call ourselves religious elite, if you aren’t admitting to God that you need Him to make you whole, then you have something in common with the Pharisees. When Jesus preached, you could practically hear them thinking that what Jesus said didn’t apply to them. They were the exception to the sermons about sinful people. They were the ones living good enough to make God happy. But Jesus wanted them to see that only perfection makes God happy and none of them were perfect.
Isaiah 59: 1-2
Matthew 23: 27-28
Romans 5: 6-9