Read: Romans 3:21-26

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (v. 23)

Which of the following are you: daughter, son, husband, wife, father, mother, employee, employer, grandparent, widow, widower, farmer, volunteer, church leader, sinner? We are often identified by the work we do, our place in a family, or the community we live in. Yet we all share in common that last identifier: we are all sinners. It’s never been a popular concept, but it’s true.

When Adam and Eve put their desire ahead of God’s command, they sinned. Because of that, we are born with a sinful nature. In case you are inclined to blame Adam and Eve, recognize that each of us is guilty because of our own disobedience! We are all tempted by our own evil desires and fall into sin when we disobey what the Bible teaches and worship lesser things than God himself. How have you sinned today in thought, word, or action? In the past week, what have you done or left undone that is contrary to God’s will as taught in the Bible?

Don’t blame Adam and Eve or others around you, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” including you and me. Rather than make excuses or accuse others, let us repent and express to God that we are sorry for our sin. He is able and willing to forgive us. The good news begins with acknowledging our sinfulness and need for a Savior. —Steve Petroelje

Prayer: Lord, I am a sinner. I am humbled that you are able and willing to forgive me. Amen.