“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8
It’s something I’ve done and I’d lay odds that it’s something you’ve done.
You were part of some activity that you weren’t supposed to be doing. It doesn’t really matter what it was. Only two things matter for the sake of our illustration. First, as we’ve already mentioned, you were doing something you shouldn’t have been doing. And second, you lied about you’re involvement.
Perhaps you didn’t try and say that you weren’t there at all. Maybe you just tried to tell the story so that you didn’t look quite as guilty as you really were. It doesn’t really matter the exact nature of the lie only that when it came time to own up to your actions you tried to disown something you’d done.
The thing is we try to pull this same same stunt with God all the time. How ridiculous is that? He sees, hears, and knows everything, even our thoughts and motives, and we’re trying to get one over on him?
As our focus text tells us, when it comes to who we are and what we’ve done, the only one we’re even remotely capable of deceiving is ourselves. Those who know us best know we’re guilty. Those who don’t even know us at all know enough about human nature to know we’re guilty. God and the angels have been witnesses to our sin so they know the truth. That leaves only us trying to convince ourselves that we’re better than we really are.
When it comes to a relationship with God the first thing God requires from us is complete honesty in regards to who we are and what we’ve done.
When we said, “Yes,” to a relationship with God the first thing Jesus does when we enter that relationship is step forward to cleanse us with his own shed blood. This action on Jesus part tells us that he knows that we’re filthy with sin and that we’re helpless to get ourselves clean. The only hope for us is that he’ll step forward and do the job.
But he can’t get us clean if we’re in denial as to how bad off we really are. And so many of us are running away from Jesus making excuses and trying to convince him and ourselves that we’re not as sinful as we really are.
In the end it’s your choice. You can lie to yourself, and deny your need, and walk away from the only hope of salvation you have, the relationship with God he’s offering.
Here at the beginning God’s only asking for your honesty regarding your condition and your need for him. Is that too much to ask?