We spend too much of our lives concerned about what other people think about us. At least I know I do! I waste precious time worrying that someone will think of me badly.
I try to clean up my life when I post on Instagram so it doesn’t look too messy or dysfunctional. But reality isn’t always pretty, and no one is perfect.
When Jesus came to earth, he disrupted the religious systems that man had built. While some people felt like they earned a right place with God through following the law, Jesus made it very clear the law was a heart issue, and that no heart is good on its own.
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire” (Matthew 5:21-22, ESV).
According to the Gospel, everyone is a murderer! While man looks at the outward appearance God sees the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
Sin is a heart issue, and there’s nothing we can do on our own to clean up our hearts. The truth is, even if people say horrible things about you, what they don’t know and can’t see is even worse!
“As it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God'” (Romans 3:10-11, ESV).
All of us are capable of the worst that humanity has to offer. If we think we are better than the criminal that grew up on the other side of town, think again.
The Gospel is the great equalizer, it puts everyone on the same level. No one can save themselves or even create lasting change on their own.
The next time someone says something horrible about you, just remember that without Jesus, they are right! In fact, we are all wretched sinners in the same boat without our Savior.