Recently, I sat at my kitchen table with friends visiting from another country. One of them speaks no English. It is always interesting when you need a translator to converse. Talking slowly, while using the right words and illustrations are the key to understanding each other.
We were discussing sin’s temptation and that we, as believers, are not immune to it. I pointed to a large picture of my family hanging on the wall behind them. I said, “In that picture, we look like the perfect family. We are clean and dressed up, the children are behaving nicely, and we all seem to get along fabulously.”
“The picture does not tell the story of our pain, loss, and bad decisions…or our sin.”
Could you say the same about a picture or two in your house, on your phone, or posted on social media accounts? It may look like it’s all good in the photo, but the camera does not portray what is going on in the deepest parts of us.The picture does not tell the whole story #advocate Click To Tweet
No matter how long we have been a Christian that sinful nature is still at the core of our being. The enemy knows this. Do not fool yourself into thinking you are immune to his plan to draw you away from God.
Let’s get back to the good news, though.
Whatever you are struggling with – anger, gossip, not being honest on your taxes, infidelity – when you come to Jesus and confess your sin with a repentant heart, he immediately pleads your case before God.
My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world. 1 John 2.1-2
I’ve never been on trial or had need of legal counsel to represent me in a court of law, but I have surely needed someone to beg my case before heaven’s throne.
Receiving salvation does not remove our sinful nature from us. How much easier would that be? We would never learn to depend on God, nor would we strive to become more like Him, if it were that easy.
Yes, we rejoice in what our salvation brings.
It’s the immediate cleansing of our past sins. Then, we must give ourselves over to the process of sanctification – a life that pleases God.
This is possible only because Jesus, God’s Son, became both the atoning sacrifice for our sins and our advocate [representative, legal counsel] before God in heaven.
We have no power to save ourselves, nor the power to overcome temptation to sin or sin itself. We can rest assured, though, that Jesus Christ is on the job.
As you face the many challenges, lessons, and temptations of this life on earth, He pleads your case, reminding God of the benefits He promised you as His child.
What’s hiding behind the picture that appears so perfect?
There is not one of us immune to temptation, but we have a way out. You can bring your “not so perfect” to Jesus today. He is waiting to plead your case before the Father.
The odds are in your favor. Restoration and healing are yours. And the ruling of the Judge of heaven promises a second chance and the opportunity to begin again.Need someone to beg your case? #advocate Click To Tweet