At the start of every year many of us make a resolution of some sort: eat less, exercise more, start a daily Bible reading regimen, whatever. These are all attempts to make ourselves better people in one way or another.
It's also an acknowledgement of the human condition: we are all weak in some areas, broken in others.
The Bible describes the human condition quite accurately in both the Old and New Testaments:
Psalm 14:3: "All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one."
Ecclesiastes 7:20: "Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,
no one who does what is right and never sins."
Romans 3:22a-23: "There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
And the "answer" provided by every religion except Christianity is some variation of the same theme: "Be a better person and you'll find yourself in heaven."
But in Christianity God says, "The only way these creatures are going to get better is if I do it myself."
He knows we were born with a sinful nature, so he accepts us as we are: with all of our weaknesses and imperfections, our bad attitudes, our fears, and our insecurities.
Thankfully, he is also in the restoration business. He takes what is broken and makes it whole again. You see, he loves us as we are, but loves us too much to let us stay that way. He will make us like Christ (Romans 8:29).
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