The significance of one mistake

This morning I received a great illustration that led to today’s blog.  I was using the commercial mixer in the church to mix up a batch of coconut eggs.  The powdered sugar has a tendency to fly everywhere.  I had successfully mixed 95% of the powdered sugar in to the creamy coconut mixture with no mess.  It was the last couple of cups of sugar that got me.  I put the remaining sugar in and hit the mix button and those last two cups of sugar came back out of the mixer as quick as they went in. It was nearly enough to make a preacher cuss.  I did everything perfect except for one time.  It was a very small mistake.  But the sticky mess from having to clean it up did not make the mistake seem so small.

In our society, one of the biggest obstacles to accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord is the “good person” mentality.  Most of us think we are a pretty good person.  When we think we are pretty good, it may be hard to believe we need a Savior to cover our sins.  Have I done a few things wrong?  Sure.  But my few wrongs do not rise to the level of needing Jesus to die on the cross for them.  They are trivial.  A few good deeds should cancel them out.  And the truth is, any “mistake” like taking something that is not yours, talking poorly about a neighbor or co-worker, etc is called a sin.  It is an offense against God and even a little offense against God is punishable by death.  The majority of our sin is small.  Most of us will never commit a great sin.  So the truth is, most of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross covers what we perceive as small sins.  But no matter the size of the sin, God only sees sin.  You can be 99% good and that is not good enough.  There is still a mess that needs cleaned up — a penalty to be paid; and it requires the life of the Son of God.

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One Response to The significance of one mistake

  1. Great insight. Has me thinking how Jesus redefined a big sin, adultery, to lust being the same as adultery. Oops. There goes my theory about not being an adulterer.

    Be blessed. God is with you.

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