Guilty as charged!
How many times have we heard that statement from our kids or even said it ourselves? The point being–to defend ourselves from false accusations. For the most part, it would be true. With our kids? Maybe not so much.
Unfortunately, it’s usually what we don’t do that gets us into trouble. I remember in high school, our science teacher John McCrillis would inevitably add an essay question or two to the end of our science tests. Anyone who had him for science could repeat his final admonition regarding the essays: “Remember, it’s not what you say that will get you in trouble; it’s what you…” And we would all join in, “…don’t say.” Meaning, give him everything you have learned about that topic– and then some.
In the same way for us as Christians, it’s what we don’t do that gets us in the most trouble. We neglect to keep our eyes focused on the Lord throughout the day and what He would have us to do. Oh, we may have our quiet time with the Lord in the morning, but how often do we just go through the day setting our own course without a thought to what God would have us to do? How often do we simply react to the situations around us (usually in the flesh) instead of responding in a godly fashion? I’m guilty as charged!
Jesus said,”Apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5b) We really cannot live a life that pleases God without the power of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16 says “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” We need God’s help to live moment by moment, because we are still sinful creatures with sinful natures. Our natural instinct is to sin. But when we came to Christ in repentance and faith, God gave us a new nature and through His enablement, we can please Him, to live a life that brings glory to Him.