Throughout life I have found myself in times where I make a foolish mistake and am often fearful to confess, take ownership or admit my failure. For some this may be a crime they’ve committed, or someone they’ve hurt, or even something simple like stealing your friend’s pencil. If you’re like me, this leaves you feeling broken as if you have failed yourself and others.
At work we have a process where we mark each-other’s code to assess whether there are improvements and being quite new to the role (only 2 months in), I find myself making mistakes here and there. The other day I felt I made a significant failure in the way I wrote code, and one of the seniors commented on the quality of my code which left me feeling quite disheartened and I felt like a failure. Its times like this where you need an advocate, or someone to defend your case – and I was thankful when my boss stepped up and organised a call with me. Throughout that call he assisted me in growing stronger as a developer and told me he would chat with the senior; I felt at ease – knowing that someone was fighting for my case.
At times like this, it reminds me of the great defender Christians have. If you’re like me, you have dealt with sin in your life which keeps creeping up: whether its small like lying, or more serious like theft or murder – before a holy God these are serious crimes. Picture us wearing white colored clothing, and ink being poured on it every-time we sin; this is how we appear before a holy God who is righteous and just. But the defender comes in – His name is Jesus. This is what the apostle John wrote about Jesus and how He helps us in our battle against sin.
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” – 1 John 2:1
The word advocate in the original Greek is paraklétos which translates to an advocate, intercessor, a consoler, comforter, or helper. All of these phrases are used to describe Jesus throughout the scriptures; and what John is trying to uncover in this particular passage is that when we sin, if Jesus is our Savior: He will take our case for us to the Father as an advocate (or a lawyer). When you see Christians worshipping God through song, dance, and everything else – remember it is this great joy knowing our sins have been forgiven by a gracious God that energises believers and fills us with hope.
When your life is over, and all you’ve achieved is stripped away from you, will you be ready to face your Maker? What will you say to Him when you see Him face to face? Will your clothing be blemished in sin like the rest of us? Will you have a lawyer to defend your case?
If your answer to the last question is no – turn to Jesus today. He will defend your case. The moment you take that first step to turn away from the sin that God hates, God will pour His Spirit into you, and you will have the power to overcome sin in your life with overpowers many. And you will be blessed with the free gift of eternal life with Him.
“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 2:38