So maybe you’ve blown the past hour: you just couldn’t remain focused and ended up wasting more time than you’d care to admit.
Maybe you blew the past day. Or year.
God has a greater plan for your failure.
In Luke 7, we see the moving story of a sinful woman whose broken heart led her to the feet of Christ. She wet his feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, kissed them, poured on a perfumed ointment – she was going all out in a humble display of love and repentance.
When a Pharisee made some disparaging comments, Jesus responded:
40And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
41“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
Our lives, just like the lives of the woman and the Pharisee in this story, are filled with sin. Yet will we be like the woman who recognized her sin, recognized her need for a savior, and heaped affection on him? Or will we be like the self-righteous Pharisee who didn’t really see that he had done anything serious enough to worry about forgiveness?
You see, it’s not that the quantity or quality of sin in their lives was really that different. It’s that one noticed and the other didn’t.
So if you’re convicted about your poor time stewardship – God could be using that guilty feeling in the pit of your stomach to lead you back to Him.
Yes, your sin is a disappointment to God and should be a disappointment to yourself. But perhaps it’s something that God allows for His greater purposes?
Don’t glory in your sin or pass it off as if you were a victim. But let the realization of your failure lead you to the feet of Jesus.
Know that you are forgiven by Him. Know that you are empowered by Him to turn from your ways.
Allow your failure to lead to a greater love for Him.
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