God's demand of perfection
Today’s devotion is based on Romans 7:18, where we hear Saint Paul exclaim, “For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.”
Our sinful nature, like Paul’s, is our great misfortune. It is this nature that makes it impossible for us to reach God in the way we consider the most natural; altering ourselves, so we stop doing what’s wrong and start doing God’s will. Paul is not saying that we are incapable of doing good. The good we do is not good enough to make us acceptable before God
God demands perfection, for he is perfect. Since we are not perfect, we cannot meet his demands, which leads to eternal separation from God. No amount of good can change that fact. Paul, while speaking of our powerlessness to change on our own points us to Jesus the only way to righteousness. We only have to believe and accept him as our Savior.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for the wonderful gift of Jesus who made us righteous before you. All praise and glory to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.