A couple of weeks ago Rhonda had a cataract removed from her left eye.  After the surgery she could see pretty good!  The other eye was, well, not too good.

My wife has one good eye and one bad eye.

Every Christ-follower has a “good” spiritual side and a “bad” spiritual side.  When you decide to follow Christ, the Bible teaches that you are a new creation.  The old nature, though, still hangs around. That’s why we struggle with doing the right thing.  So every Christ-follower lives with the good and the bad.

Don’t let it get you down, though. Paul, a missionary who wrote a lot of the New Testament wrote, “But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time” (Romans 7:17-20, The Message).

1 Comment on Good . . . Bad

  1. Deborah says:

    Sam,

    Thank you! Your blogs that help us to remember that we are all in this together are my favorite ones (similar to how the Mind Dumps are Tasha’s favorites). We can sometimes feel as if we are experiencing unique challenges and, I guess, let Satan get a little pinky into things by making us feel as if we aren’t “worthy.” As you have pointed out a number of times in the past, supporting one another in our walk with Christ is an important part of our relationship with God and our role in our Christian life.

    I appreciate more than you probably know that you are the kind of pastor who will freely discuss your “human” place in our walk with Jesus and help us to share our experiences and build one another up. I have never felt that any minister had all of the answers or was any more than another mortal. People thinking otherwise has been the downfall of many persons and/or their churches. Thank you for being our leader, but clearly understanding and expressing that you are on the same walk as we all are and that you struggle with the same challenges!

    Deb