Standing in line, wringing hands, I see myself counting. I am counting fingers, counting people ahead of me, even counting stars. Should I keep my numbers down by lumping things into categories or let it all out and give every reason, every excuse for my sins.
I was once prompted by someone into thinking about what would be my response at the gates of Heaven. Would I account for or make excuses for my sins? How would I explain myself? They asked me why and told me I would not make it very far. Like daggers, sharp words of condemnation were flung at me until my knees hit the floor in defeat. My walk with the Lord became shallow, and I became a shadow of the person that I wanted to be.
After years of living in guilt, the Lord convicted me through guidance from my pastor. He didn’t ask for a confession but asked me if I confessed to God. I had and that’s all that I needed to do. Confess, trust, changed life, move on.
1 John 1:9 ESV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I had a new mantra at that point which led me to Romans.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 8:1 ESV
I have no excuses or reasons or any other word you may insert here. I don’t need to summarize, count on fingers or stars, and I don’t need to wring my hands in worried anticipation. If I am ever asked, I will simply state that we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) We are without excuse.
How do we get past excuses to life? My thoughts are to not just talk the talk, but to walk the walk. Live like we have been set free. Live to glorify the Lord, without excuse.