“But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand…” Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.” (Hebrews 10:12, 17)
Relate: Tomorrow I will fail. At some point in the day I will tell a lie. on another occasion, my pride will get the best of me. I am not going to go out tomorrow and knock off some bank, hire a prostitute, buy some crack, or commit murder. But I will sin. it may not be all that extravagant, but it is the next closest thing to inevitable. I wish it wasn’t so. I would love to go through a week being nothing but completely honest. It would be great to manage a few days where everything I am supposed to do gets done. Often we tend to focus on the things we do, our sins of commission, but I think it would be safe to say that most of us have stacked up a much bigger ledger of sins of omission. The things I should be doing but don’t… God forgive me.
Like I said, tomorrow I will fail. Whoever you are, whenever and wherever you are reading this, it is very likely that tomorrow you also will fail. I don’t know who you are as you read this but if you are human (or a cat sitting on your servant’s keyboard staring at the screen) you will sin within the next twenty-four hours. We all will. We all do.
React: There is something else I am not going to do tomorrow as well. I’m not going to sweat it. Yes, I wish I could stop sinning so frequently. Yes, I am going to do my best to live up to the calling God has set me apart for. Yes, I am going to seek forgiveness when I catch myself. Then I am going to keep on with my day, getting back on my feet and moving forward. If I was required to do some extravagant penance every time I fell, those two things, sin and penance, would be the chief segment of my entire day every day. If I had to make some great sacrifice for every sin I committed, I would be living penniless on the street because everything I have would be sold off in an attempt to keep me out of the red.
Even worse, all this effort would still not be enough. No matter what any priest says, no amount of any type of penance will ever be able to balance the scales of even the smallest of sins. No sacrifice, no matter how costly, can ever be sufficient payment for even the whitest of lies. Two things that all of us underestimate: 1) The vileness of our sin. 2) The greatness of our God.
Just as there is nothing I could ever do or offer or change to cover even one of the many, many sins I commit all too frequently, so also no number or frequency or depth of sin can even begin to compare to the more than sufficient sacrifice that was made for us. God’s grace doesn’t cover some of our sins. From birth to death, everything I do has been washed in the blood the moment I surrendered my life to God. His grace is greater than time. However I fail tomorrow, He has already forgiven it. His sacrifice is good for all time.
God, I am so grateful for Your grace. I am so thankful for Your sacrifice that is good once for all time. Help me to not sin, but when I fail that help me to not obsess over the ways in which I failed You. Even though I strive for it, I am not trying to stand on my own perfection. Though I desire to be good, I am not dependant on my own goodness. The only solid footing I could ever have is in standing on Your grace. And that is enough.