Considering that today’s devotion happens to land on the day after April Fool’s Day, I thought it would be perfectly fitting to talk about exactly what April 1st is about: fooling others.
Oftentimes, we as Christians tend to wear a mask of holiness in front of whomever we may feel is judging our outward and inward appearances. We allow our sin to reside within our lives, yet sweep it underneath the rug whenever we are expected to act as believers in Christ. See a problem with this?
We are called to fight against sin and call upon the Lord for guidance and strength, not to push it to the side to deal with later when we feel is convenient. News flash: IT WON’T JUST GO AWAY! How many inspiring, post-addiction stories have you been told where the individual fought drugs, sex, alcohol, etc. on their own and came out of their addiction with no help from anyone but themselves? We need to be helped out of our sin. You can’t climb out of a gaping pit without someone to throw you a rope or something to hold onto. Hold onto Jesus! He’s right here ready to take you and restore you with His grace. We have no excuse to reject His hand and claim that we are unable to get out of our sin. However, we have to put in our own effort as well. We have cut out the things that cause us to stumble.
Matthew 5:30 “If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”
This verse does not teach us to severely damage our physical bodies; rather it teaches us to deal harshly with our sin. As Paul would write in Colossians 3.5 that we should put our sin to DEATH. We can no longer turn a blind eye to the sin that lies within us.
In the end, we may fool others and even ourselves, but the One you will never fool from now until the day of judgement is the Father Himself who has the ultimate power to cast you from His presence for all eternity. Don’t try to fool others by covering up your sin. Call to the Father and receive His outstretched arms of unending love and forgiveness.
I love you all dearly and hope this speaks to you,