Have you ever found yourself wishing for a jetpack of sorts after you sin?
Though we may pay lip-service to the idea of asking God for a hand of assistance, we typically feel the bulk of responsibility. We’re left to deal with the day-to-day business of attacking our indwelling sin—and that business gets frustrating pretty fast as we keep falling back on our face in the same ugly sins. It’s a constantly discouraging task. But praise God—white-knuckling our way into holiness isn’t the way of the gospel.
At the deepest level of who we are, we can hunger for praise and admiration for ourselves or we can hunger for God to be praised and admired through our lives. Even unbelievers have the first core desire, but only one who has been transformed by the gospel desires God to be front and center stage in their lives in all things.