I recently saw a poll on Facebook to like if you still made your bed everyday. That made me wonder, if things have changed that much.
Many years back, I volunteered a couple days a week as a Youth with a Mission (YWAM) team set up a new base camp in Colorado Springs at Star Ranch. Working in the housekeeping department included sorting through and washing up bedding stored by the previous owners and cleaning rooms and making up beds for guests. A special guest was coming, and they wanted everything just so. After making sure the room was clean and the supplies out, I began making up a bed with clean sheets, when one of the male missionaries walked in. He curtly told me I was doing it all wrong. Somehow I got him to watch as I showed him why the finished side of the bottom sheet faces up and the finished side of top sheet faces down. He look startled as he realized he was wrong. But, instead of admitting his err, he excused himself with, “ But, I didn’t know.”
Have you ever heard, or used, that excuse?
If he didn’t know, why did he come in as an expert and criticize someone who had been making beds for years and years? But that is not the point. The point is, even though we don’t know something is wrong when we do it, it still is wrong. Then once we realize that it is wrong, instead of excusing our action, we need to confess it (see Leviticus 5:2-5, 17 where this concept is repeated over and over again).
Excuses compound the wrong, while confession brings forgiveness. If you confess your sins, HE is faithful and just to forgive you your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).
But that freely given forgiveness, cost GOD the FATHER and JESUS so much.
It is incredible that GOD the FATHER sent HIS beloved Son JESUS CHRIST, the Great Creator of the universe (Hebrews 1:2) to earth to make a way for us to be forgiven from all wrongs we have committed against HIM. But HE did (John 3:16).
“By HIM (JESUS) GOD reconciled everything to HIMSELF. HE made peace…This includes you who were once so far away from GOD. You were HIS enemies separated from HIM by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now HE has brought you back as friends. HE has done this through HIS death on the cross in HIS own human body. As a result HE has brought you into the very presence of GOD, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before HIM without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly” (Colossians 1:20-23NLT).
It is mind-blowing that JESUS willingly came and endured the pain and shame of the cross so we could be forgiven. But, HE did. And it is written that HE endured it by looking at the joy it would achieve (our forgiveness) Hebrews 12:2-3.
There is a song I learned at camp that always makes me cry. It is called Who Killed JESUS and each verse lists suspects (Roman soldiers, Pontius Piolet, Hebrew Children and so on). Since the song is so long, I will only give you the chorus and ending verse with alternate chorus.
Chorus: Who killed JESUS, many years ago? Who is guilty of a crime so low? Why did HE have to die? What is the reason why? Who killed JESUS I would like to know.
When I think of JESUS and the way HE died. How upon HIM all my sin was lain, all the other people fade away from view, it for me the sacrifice was made.
I no longer wonder any more. I have found what I was searching for. My sin demanded hell, on HIM the judgment fell. I am guilty it is plain to see. That it was really me.
So let’s not waste, what it cost JESUS and GOD the FATHER so much to bring to us. When you realize you are wrong, turn to HIM and confess.
GOD has some amazing promises HE offers to us.
1-If you confess with your mouth that JESUS is LORD (Master, the One in control), and believe in your heart that GOD raised HIM from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified (just as if I’d never sinned), and with the mouth one confesses and is saved (Romans 10:9,10).
2-Then when you realize you have stumbled and done wrong/ sinned:
If you confess your sins, HE is faithful and just to forgive you your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).
A simple confession, instead of an excuse will go far with people as well.
Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfector of my faith.