Scripture: Joshua 9-11, 1 Corinthians 6
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Surely you know that the wicked will not possess God’s Kingdom. Do not fool yourselves; people who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts 10 or who steal or are greedy or are drunkards or who slander others or are thieves—none of these will possess God’s Kingdom. 11 Some of you were like that. But you have been purified from sin; you have been dedicated to God; you have been put right with God by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Don’t fool yourself.
This warning jumped out at me this morning. The gospel is grace, beginning to end. Nothing can separate us from God’s love—we did nothing to earn it; we can do nothing to lose it. But it’s possible to use God’s grace and love as an excuse to stay in our sin. “I don’t have to change; I’m loved the way I am.” Or we can fool ourselves and think that God doesn’t care about my sin.
God loves me too much to let me stay the way I am. God’s grace not only forgives my sin, but empowers me to change. Anyone who stays in their sin doesn’t understand God’s grace and love which are the motive and power for change!
It’s not that we need to shift away from God’s grace and love and focus on sin. That’s not the way to change. We need to focus on God’s grace and love as the motive and power for change.
Peter lists 8 positive qualities that are to be growing in us, and then adds: “But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.” 2 Peter 1:9
Peter says that if we are not changing, it’s because we have forgotten grace. We have forgotten that God has cleansed us from our past sins, and by extension, is empowering us to change now.
In today’s text, Paul is reminding the Corinthians that grace leads to change. We can’t stay in our sin and be part of God’s Kingdom. If I am not changing, if I’m continuing in my sin, but think that I’m part of God’s Kingdom, I’m fooling myself. It’s time to get honest! It’s time to repent! Turn to God and His grace and let Him change you.
But whatever you do, don’t keep fooling yourself!
Prayer: Lord, when I see sin in my life, let it be a catalyst to turn to you for grace—for full forgiveness and power to change.