Thursday, August 13, 2009

(Be)Coming Clean

The story is told of a young entrepreneur who had just opened his own office and was eager to impress everyone. So when the first visitor appeared at his door, he picked up the phone and began to fake an important conversation: "No, you tell him we won't sign the contract for less than a million! I won't hear of anything less. If he has any trouble with that, I've got a dozen top corporations lined up to pay us what we're worth! Got that?"

He hung up and smiled at his visitor: "What can I do for you?"

Sheepishly, the man at the door answered, "Um.... I'm here to connect the phone."

“Caught red handed,” we might say. While we don't wish such embarrassment upon anyone, most of us can sympathize with the man's predicament. There’s not a one of us who hasn’t at one time or another been “caught” in a sin. We've been caught in lies, caught cheating, caught looking where we shouldn't look. If we were somehow forced to make public confession of our many sins in the comment section below, our embarrassment would certainly far exceed that of this eager young man. I know I’d be embarrassed. Who wouldn’t be?

Fortunately for all of us, God isn’t in the business of embarrassing us. He is, however, in the business of redeeming us. And part of redeeming us is dealing with our sins. Now ultimately, our sins have been dealt with, once and for all by Jesus on the cross. The debt has been paid. That’s what grace is all about. No longer is there any need for us to attempt to finagle ourselves into right relationship with God. The other part of dealing with our sins, however, belongs to us. We must confess to God what we have done (or not done). This is the way in which we receive God's forgiveness. To put it simply, we must come clean so that he can make us clean.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness - 1 John 1:7.

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