“For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.”
I remember the first time I read this verse, probably at 17. I honestly didn’t know whether it was good or bad news. We know what’s right, yet something inside of us wants to to the opposite. And sometimes we fail at doing what’s right, even in spite of our knowledge to the contrary.
This is why there is a Savior, Jesus. We cannot save ourselves. There had to be an intermediary, a sacrifice that paid the price for us.
It is good news that because of Jesus, God does not look down angrily on us keeping some checklist, updating our spiritual resume, or examining our long list of failures and successes. He has already made a way, and all that he desires of us now is the desire for a great adventure of knowing him more.
It’s not about some series of milestones we celebrate in the past, or some distant reward we look toward in the future.
Knowing Jesus is about the NOW. I’m trying more to Savor Every Moment.