Human beings Err
We err because we are humans. Even at times we don’t want to commit mistakes, we often find ourselves dwelling in our sins. And as a Christian, we are not happy to find ourselves in these actions. This is not the purpose why we are called.
According to the Bible, we are called to do good deeds, to do holy things, 1Pe 1:15 But because the God who called you is holy you must be holy in every aspect of your life. Therefore, we must show in all aspects and in all manners of our lives that we are trying our best to be holy in the sight of God. And we can do these things if we walk according to His ways, according to His will. If we go against the will of God, we cannot be righteous in His eyes.
Jesus says, as humans we are weak to do the will of God, even if our spirit is willing to do them, our flesh is always pulled by our weaknesses. Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. This is the reason why He advised His Apostles to pray that night, because He knew about their weaknesses and even if their hearts are telling them that they will not go away from Him, once He will be captured, Jesus knew that they will escape – because of fear, because of their weaknesses.
Apostle Paul explains how the weakness of man overtook him. As an Apostle of Christ, he too, has weaknesses. He says, Rom 7:15 I do not understand what I do; for I don’t do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate. Rom 7:17 So I am not really the one who does this thing; rather it is the sin that lives in me. Rom 7:18 I know that good does not live in me—that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it.
Paul understands that it is our human nature to do things that we would not like to do because we know that they are evil things in the sight of God. But he admitted that he has the desire to do the good things, but he found himself incapable of doing them.
From here, we must understand that it is not him that usually does these bad things, but the sins that dwells in him.Therefore, if we let these sins to continually dwell in us, we can never do good deeds, we can never do the will of God.
Job says, (Job 6:11-13) What strength do I have to keep on living? Why go on living when I have no hope? Am I made of stone? Is my body bronze? I have no strength left to save myself; there is nowhere I can turn for help.
We were not created to be as strong as the stones, or bronze or any metal element. We are humans prone to commit errors and this we should realize that we need the strength to overcome the weaknesses, for if not, we can never be triumphant in our battles.
Even if we try to change our ways, the Bible says it is not for us to correct and change our ways. Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
How can we change and be strong to do the will of God?
If we can’t help ourselves alone, then how can we do the will of God?
We may say it is injustice in the part of God because He created us weak. How can we do His will if we were created weak? Why did He not created us strong so that everything will be easy for us?
Sometimes we ask God so many questions, and we usually forget that the ways of God is different from our ways. The Bible says, Isa 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
If His ways are different form our ways, then perhaps, He has a purpose on why He had created us weak. Indeed, God has a purpose – He created us weak beings because He wanted us to be dependent of Him, to trust Him and come to Him for help in everything that we do.
This is how God designed us, to be totally dependent of His love, mercy and goodness. If we are strong enough, will we need God to do His commandments and will?
It is not injustice that He had created us weak. If we are weak, then we must realized that we need to be strong to do His will. How can we be strong to do His will?
The Bible says, “Let the weak say, I am strong. – Joel 3:10″ If we always say that we are weak, we will always be weak and never be strong. Therefore, we must change our minds and think always that we are strong enough to do the will of God. But is that enough?
To be strong, we need Jesus Christ
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Paul confesses that he was weak and the sin that dwells in him prevented him from doing the right thing. Now, he says he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him. If we let Christ enters into our lives, there will be lots of changes. Things will become beautiful because the things that were hard before will become easy, and the will of God that we can’t do before will become bearable.
Jesus says, Joh 15:5 “I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me. We can do nothing without Christ, we can not bear fruits without Him. What fruits? The fruits of good deeds, the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, we need to accept and let Him enter into our lives. How do we do it? Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.” (John 14:6) Can we go to the Father without Jesus? We doubt that we can do this. Jesus is the only way to the father. If we want to do the will of God, and be strong, we need Jesus in our lives.
This means we need to follow Him and His words so that we may be able to come to the Father. And His words are telling us to enter the narrow gate. Mat 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate because the gate and road that lead to destruction are wide. Many enter through the wide gate. But the narrow gate and the road that lead to life are full of trouble. Only a few people find the narrow gate.“
If we follow Jesus and His words, we are on the right track to attain spiritual strength. We cannot right away receive the strength to do the will of God, but little by little as we go on with our lives having Jesus on our side, eventually we gain the strength needed to the His will.