Dare 2B Daring - June 22, 2018
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"No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good." – C.S. Lewis
I was listening to Glenn Beck’s radio program the other day and Steve “Stu” Burguiere was filling in as host. Something he said cracked me up – partly because it was so funny and partly because it was so true.
Basically, Stu was making the point that people are capable of adopting virtually every type of behavior for 30 days except one: eating sensibly. “That has proven to be impossible,” Stu said tongue-in-cheek.
Now I realize that Stu’s comment was meant to be humorous and to get the audience to stay tuned through the commercial break. But the point he made, perhaps unwittingly, was a valid one.
Sure, you may be able to discipline yourself to eat sensibly for a month or longer, to give up smoking, to exercise daily, etc. All of these are either good habits worth making or bad habits worth breaking. But the one thing you and I can’t do – no matter how self-disciplined we are – is to be good each and every day of our lives.
Trying to be good, every second of every hour of every day, is a sure-fire way to drive yourself to exhaustion, or crazy, or both. Why? Because you are doomed to fail every time you try. Our sin nature – the Bible calls it our “old self” – simply won’t allow us to behave 24/7.
So, what’s a person, especially a Christian, to do? Stop trying to be good and start letting Jesus be good through you. That’s the key to holy living! Allowing the Holy Spirit to do what you and I – in our flesh and fallen state – cannot begin to accomplish.
When we do that, starving our old nature until it starts to shrivel up, our new nature becomes more and more robust… and dominant. That, in and of itself, makes holy living more attainable.
The truth of the matter is that we will never reach sinless perfection this side of glory. But while we await the permanent death and destruction of our old self, we can at least make sure that he (or she) is malnourished, increasingly feeble, and existing only on life-support.
“Therefore, put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President