In her book Speaking of Sin (2000), Barbara Brown Taylor observes that one of the Hebrew words for a righteous person suggests “one whose aim is true.” This gives her an image of righteousness as target practice. Whether her arrow finds its mark or falls a hundred feet away, her daily practice of right relationship with God and neighbor is how she improves her aim. She knows that she will continue to sin, no doubt about it, but that is not her aim. Her true aim is to live as God wants her to live and — as Thomas Merton once wrote — she believes that the wish
to please God does, in fact, please God.
None of us are perfect. All of us sin and none of us are righteous. So where is our hope? St. Paul provides the answer. “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:56-57
Prayer: Lord, thank you for saving us through the blood of Jesus. Increase the desire in all of our hearts to serve you with more passion and love. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.