Do Better

Josh Wanner40DOD, Devotions

Today’s reading: Romans 7:13-25; 2 Kings 2:21

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Romans 7:18

Two words can be found generously peppering internet comment sections today. More often than not, they’re not meant as encouragement. Rather, they’re intended to let someone know they’ve failed, that their past actions or words were harmful. It’s a simple instruction: “Do better.”

It should be easy. As Christians we can look to the law to specify what sin is – what we should do and what we should not do. However, while God’s law does teach us, it can’t save us. Even with the law given to us, we find ourselves weighed down by sin. Our good deeds (even though by God’s design) are not are not enough to relieve us from this burden.

The struggle described by the apostle Paul in Romans 7:18 has been our human struggle since that first sinful bite of fruit. Most all of us want to “do better”, but we simply don’t have it in us. We need something else; Maybe a little salt?

In 2 Kings 2:21 Elisha threw salt from a new bowl into a town’s water supply because the water was bad and a detriment to the town. As Elisha threw the salt in the water he exclaimed, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’”

The salt foreshadows Jesus, who purifies our sin. We can’t “do better” on our own. Fortunately, Jesus already did and as Christians we are joined with him. I pray the burdens sin has pressed on you are turned over to Jesus, our King who can never die and forgives for eternity.

Prayer:

Thank you Jesus, for purifying me with the salt of Your presence in my life. Thank you for Your forgiveness.

Contributed by Jamin Sackman