“I have a bad tendency to be self-defensive,” Stan said one morning as we began. “Too quick to deny I have done anything wrong.”
“Pretty natural,” I responded.
“Yeah,” Stan replied, “but ‘natural’ is not what I am supposed to be if I have abandoned and surrendered self.”
“However,” Stan added, “there is one area where I am perfectly free to say, ‘It wasn’t my fault.’”
“Where’s that?” I asked.
“My sin nature that resulted from Adam’s disobedience. It is a fact that I got it from the mere act of being born. I didn’t do anything to get it rather than being a human. It wasn’t my fault.”
“But,” Stan continued, “that is not the end of the story. Just as Adam’s disobedience gave me that, Christ’s obedience gave me something else, but I was given a choice in that matter.”
“Tell me a bit more,” I responded.
“Adam’s disobedience resulted in my separation from God. There was nothing I could do about that prior to being born.”
“On the other hand, Jesus’ obedience to completing on the cross what His Father sent Him to do gave me the option of being reconciled to God. But it is an option I had to choose by deciding to accept the free gift of salvation.”
“So,” I responded, “being separated from God in the first place isn’t a person’s fault, but continuing to be separated by refusing to accept the free gift of reconciliation certainly is that person’s fault.”
“Bingo and Amen,” Stan said.
For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the free gift of salvation resulting from Jesus’ obedience that allows me to be reconciled to you and freed from the separation caused by Adam’s disobedience. Thank you for those who brought me to that truth. Please help me in bringing that truth into the lives of others so they, too, can be free from the burden of Adam’s disobedience. Thank you for your love, grace, and mercy that allow me to know you more deeply. And thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.