Focal passages: Romans 3:9-12, 19-20, 23
Without Christ, we are condemned forever.
Have you ever made an expensive online purchase only for it to arrive broken?
This summer I ordered a desk, and the day it was delivered I came home eager to tackle the assembly process. I finally had the perfect space to write and plan! As soon as I pulled into my driveway, however, I realized there was going to be a problem. Yes, my desk had arrived, but the gigantic box that held its pieces was damaged and flapping open in the breeze.
As I sifted through the packaging, I was thankful to discover almost everything remained in excellent condition. Only one piece had been broken. The drawer, designed to faithfully hold my office supplies, had been rendered useless by the bumps and bruises of cross-country shipping.
As we studied last week, God created us for a magnificent purpose, to glorify and enjoy Him forever. And yet, just like my desk drawer, we are broken and unable to fulfill the purpose for which we were created. But please take note: our damage did not occur during delivery.
We are broken because of sin. Each of us has disobeyed God’s instruction and chosen to live for our own pleasure instead of His. In Romans 3:10, Paul writes that “there is no one righteous, not even one.” We were made for God, but “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Our sin has separated us from God, destroyed our relationship with Him and marred His great purpose for our lives.
Give me a little wood glue and an excellent idea from Pinterest, and one day I’ll be able to repurpose my broken drawer.
But there is no way we can ever restore our relationship with God on our own. Our works, as good as they may seem to us, can never save us. “No one will be justified in His sight by the works of the law” (Romans 3:20). Our problem is too great. Without Christ, we are hopeless. Unless we place our trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we face eternal condemnation.