We all make mistakes. No one is perfect. We may strive to perfection and on the way we may find excellence. In the end perfection in this world may never be reached. It is pretty evident that we will mess up somewhere in our lives. It may be at work. It may be in our personal relationships. It may be in our finances.
Wherever you mess up be careful to not let it define who you are. We are not defined by our worst moment. We can, however, be defined in our worst moment. But we do not define ourselves. It has already been done.
In our mistakes, in our sins, in our lost moments, our Creator is our way out. He defines who we are. He already created us in His image.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26
(Side note: Notice use of “Our” referring to the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.)
We are created in the image of God. The problem is we fell. We had the choice to stay perfect but made the choice to sin. Now we have a sin nature that keeps us from seeing we can be better. It can keep us from seeing we are created to be better. When we mess up the enemy wants the mess up to define who we are. The enemy will use it to his advantage to keep us away from God.
Yes, even our little mistakes may beat us down and keep us from God. When we chase perfection in our lives sometimes we have a tendency to rely only on ourselves to get it right. We start to worship the work to get to perfection. We devote our time to making things better. We devote time to self-improvement.
This is what the enemy wants. He wants us to put our time into improving ourselves for ourselves. He wants us to stay worried about our mistakes and our sins. He wants us to feel we can never be good enough.
But God says otherwise. He gave us His only Son and when we believe in Him we are more than conquerors. We do not have to be slaves to our mistakes and our sins. We do not have to keep beating ourselves up because we do not feel perfect.
His love makes us perfect. His work on the cross took our sins. We can now call on His power and turn from our sins. His Holy Spirit is with us. Allow it to work on and through you.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
God made us wonderfully. Our souls know it and when we sin our souls know it is not right. Jesus saves us from that. Our souls long for Him and when you let Him in your life you will have the power to turn from sin. It will not be easy, but on your own it will be impossible.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:20-23
You can be victorious over your mistakes. You can be victorious over your sins. This has been made possible because Christ Jesus is the greatest victor of all.
Will you let Him in?
Will you let Him be your savior?
Will you put your trust and your faith in Him?
“Jesus fulfilled His part. Now it is time to do ours.” – Josh Conn