Romans 5:6 (NIV®)
At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
We don’t like to think of ourselves as powerless. After all, humans can do some remarkable things. But we are the descendants of Adam, a race of rebels who are powerless to bridge the gap between ourselves and God. You don’t have to teach us to be selfish or envious or critical because we’re all hardwired that way. The prideful audacity of humanism suggests that if you give us enough education and time and cooperation, we’ll solve the ills of humanity. It takes tremendous arrogance to think that after several millennia of civilization, when we still treat one another with unbelievable violence and hatred and cruelty, we can work this out. There are loud voices that deny our need for God, because it threatens their assertion that humans are innately good. The Church of Jesus Christ is the agency in the earth that holds the truth that we are powerless without Him. That’s why you, with your voice for Jesus, are so valuable.
Heavenly Father, I rejoice in Your great love for me. You have been patient and gentle, even when I have been selfish and rebellious. Today I choose to humble myself before You, to acknowledge my sin and to ask Your forgiveness. Jesus, I yield to You as Lord of my attitudes and actions. May Your Kingdom be lifted up in the earth. In Jesus’ name, amen.