An Unimpressive Resume’
Most of us have put together a resume’. A resume’ lists your education, experience and maybe your goals. It most has to do with listing things about you that would make you attractive to a prospective employer. We usually focus on good things on the resume’; but in reality, not all things about us are good. As Paul continues his discussion on the sin of man, he writes one of the most truthful, yet painful sections on what man brings to the table regarding a relationship with God and each other. We read this in verses 9-19: “9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. 10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” 13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Paul is quoting from David in Psalm 14 as he describes the sinful condition of man. I won’t repeat what Paul has written but let me remind that you these words apply to everyone, the Jew, the Greek, the American, the Lithuanian, etc… All means all. Things are so bad that anyone who claims to be approved by God or justified by Him based on his/her works or good deeds is under a false illusion. This is the bad news. But it’s bad news for everyone. Everyone has sinned. We are all messed up. Tomorrow is the good news but today is a time to reflect on who we are apart from Christ. Though we are created in the image of God we are broken, sinful people. If you have not received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord then these words are you. You are separated from God because of your sin and there is nothing you can do personally to bridge the gap. I’d be honored to talk with you about receiving Jesus. If you have received Jesus then these words no longer describe you. Could I suggest taking a moment to reflect on what Jesus has done for you?