When we try, we fail. We try to be good. We try to behave. We try to do right. And when we do, we find ourselves falling time after time after time.
As CS Lewis said – “No man knows how very bad he is until he has tried to be good.” The frustrating thing can be trying so very hard to do good, to do right, to get it right; and then we fall down
So we quit trying. What’s the point? We’ll never do it right. It will never happen. There’s no reason. We’ll never be good enough to get it right.
Strangely that’s what God is saying through Ezekiel 36:25-26. Listen to what He says in this passage.
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh
Notice, God doesn’t say that you will do this, you will do that. God says, I will do it. I will sprinkle you clean with water. I will give you a new heart. I will remove your heart of stone.
God says I will do it. You can’t do it on your own. It’s not possible.
So, who does it? God does you.
You can’t change yourself. God can change you. So, today, you goal shouldn’t be to be a “better person.” Your goal should be to draw close to God.
If we draw close to God, He will do the rest. He will take care of the rest. He will clean and change us.
Being perfect a daunting goal. Drawing close to God, that’s a goal we can do today. He will clean us, He will change us.
Today, our goal is to draw close to God. May we do that will all that we have!