S (Scripture): 2 Peter 2: 19 Although these false teachers promise such people freedom, they themselves are enslaved to immorality. For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if after they have escaped the filthy things of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again get entangled in them and succumb to them, their last state has become worse for them than their first.
O (Observation): Peter continues to rail against false teachers some more. This time, he works on the immorality of these false teachers, how they will return to their immoral behavior time and again.
A (Application): The truth of these words to me are not about how I can differentiate between myself and other people…but about the fact everyone one of us – Christian or not – struggles with these issues. We all desire to do that which pleases us, and we return to that sinful behavior time and again.
What do we do with this? We repent and believe that the Kingdom of God has come near. We pause and reflect on our own sinfulness and seek God’s mercy.
I could us this text to put myself on the opposite side of those that Peter talks about here, but I just can’t go there. Too much of my sinfulness is on “repeat” for me to put myself above another.
And yet, I feel that Jesus is the one that keeps me going. Jesus is the one that catches me when I fail. Jesus is the one to guide my steps. He lets me fail, but he always picks me up. He always calls me. Sometimes I listen; sometimes I don’t. I’m not proud of that, but that is truth.
I just hope that my God is bigger than my failures.
How about for you? In which camp are you? Christ-follower? Sinner? Both???
P (Prayer): Lord, keep me in your care, sinful being that I am. Amen.