Do you do what you don’t want to do?

We all do. It is what philosophers call “the human condition”. It is the result of what Christians call “the sinful nature”. When I was in the military, one of my fellow Marines went to prison because he abandoned his post. He was supposed to stand watch outside a sensitive facility, but he refused. Why? He was afraid of the dark. I’m not kidding. Do you think that was a conscious choice he made, or do you think he was overwhelmed by something inside of him he couldn’t control?

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul wrote, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Rom 7:15) It’s the same feeling that afflicts the woman who keeps losing her temper, or the man who can’t bury his addiction to pornography, or the young person who is so crippled by social anxiety that she can’t make friends, or the senior citizen who battles depression because he built his whole identity on his job. It is a horrible discovery, like finding out that there is a tumor growing in your body. The good news is that God is a Savior. He rescues us. All He asks is that you admit the truth to Him. Ask for help. Humble yourself. The Bible says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” (Rom 10:11) and that is a rich promise. So as you struggle with your own personal brokenness, remember that God is a Savior. He saves us from ourselves. And if you want to change the way you feel about your struggle in the meantime, there is a simple way to do that – love someone in a practical way. Find a need and meet it. Do that today and you will find your troubled self receding in significance as you rediscover what you were made for. The Bible says, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth. This then is how we set our hearts at rest in his presence, whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts.” (1 Jn 3:18-19) I’ll see you on Sunday. Be true.