This week I have been contemplating my morning routine. I would like to be able to tell you that it is very virtuous and that the first thing I reach for in the morning is my Bible and that I spend the first 45 minutes of my day deep in prayer. However, the reality is somewhat different. The first thing I reach for every morning is my phone to switch off my morning alarm and the closest I come to meditation is wondering how many times I can press the snooze button before I really do have to get up.
Inevitably, as I look to see what time it is, I am drawn into the vortex that is social media as I spot the notifications on my phone. This morning's offerings, amongst others, included a petition to ban the use of palm oil in order to protect the Orangutans who are suffering the effects of this industry and a damning piece on David Attenborough and the BBC, blaming them for concealing the devastating effects of humankind on the planet. As I began to scroll through various news reports and opinion pieces I began to feel overwhelmed and powerless to do anything. It seemed like every article revealed my collusion with a system that ultimately harms others or the planet and yet I couldn't see a clear way to untangle myself from a corrupt system. Not a great way to start the day!
In some small way this is a picture of the way that sin works. It is not simply something that we do wrong but it is a web that we are both complicit in making and completely tangled in. We are powerless to resolve this situation by simply being better people, we need a saviour. And yet there is good news. Romans 5:6-8 says:
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
On Sunday we spoke about the fact that in Christ we are not only forgiven for the ways in which we contribute to the web of sin that affects the whole world but we are also set free from the web of sin that entangles us. We may be powerless to fix things for ourselves but in Christ we have forgiveness and we have redemption and therefore all we can do is humbly offer him our worship. As Isaac Watts famously wrote: Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.
Have a great week and do join us on Sunday if you can for the next exciting instalment of our “In Christ” series based on Ephesians 1.