Human League had it sort of right when they wrote ‘Human’ lyrics. “I’m only human, flesh and blood, I’m made…” And then they run off track with, “born to make mistakes.” Yes, we are human. We are flesh and blood, made by God, in His own image, but we were not made to make mistakes.
We were born for so much more! Born for relationship with our Creator God. He placed in each of us a unique imprint of His own identity so that we would reflect that wonderful ‘something special’ about Him to the people in our lives, to the people we bump into. In so doing we worship Him with our lives, bringing honour and glory to Him for who we are.
The thing about our humanity is that we do make mistakes. We were not born to make them, but we make them. Some mistakes are innocent, costing little. Others are costly. We run off track from our intended purpose, distracted by the many realities of sin around us, and we give into temptation.
When we sin, we feel guilty, ashamed and, often, rejected by God. But God does not reject us when we sin. Many of us have been taught that He fights against us when we sin, that He stops loving us, and casts us aside. However, God tells us otherwise. When we fail, He fights for us. That’s why He sent Jesus–to do battle for our souls, to conquer once and forever, the power of sin in us. That doesn’t mean we no longer sin, it simply means we choose not to justify sin in our lives and, when we fail, which we will, the road back is quite uncomplicated.
I love the words in Job 11:13-19! The blessing of God is waiting for us, if only we will turn our hearts toward Him, and accept His grace and forgiveness for our sins. And the pay off is amazing.
13 “Yet if you devote your heart to him
and stretch out your hands to him,
14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand
and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,
15 then you will lift up your face without shame;
you will stand firm and without fear.
16 You will surely forget your trouble,
recalling it only as waters gone by.
17 Life will be brighter than noonday,
and darkness will become like morning.
18 You will be secure, because there is hope;
you will look about you and take your rest in safety.
19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid,
and many will court your favor.
If you find yourself trapped in the ‘aftermath’ of your sin and humanity, God has set before you the gift of His grace, salvation and forgiveness through Jesus. It is yours for the taking, but the choice is up to you. He is a gentleman and does not force anyone into relationship. It is an open invitation for all who accept Jesus as the price for sin.
Yes, we are only human, flesh and blood, but we were born for greatness, born to live in dynamic freedom. The question is, Which path will you choose? Will you resign yourself to a life of accepting less than all that you were created for, or will you tap into what God has placed inside of you and embrace your destiny?
The choice is up to you.