This is a passage that reveals the truth of humanity and sin. It is a sobering moment when you are reminded that on our own we will never choose righteousness. Not only that, but nothing that we do or aspire to do will ever merit salvation for us. Paul quotes Psalm 14 and Ecclesiastes when saying none are righteous and no one seeks for God.
When I read this my heart breaks and at the same time rejoices. My heart breaks because there are so many people living in our world who think that they will go to heaven because they are not “bad” people, and there are so many people in our world that think that they can do enough to gain salvation, and there are so many people in the world that know that they aren’t good, yet they have no clue what the remedy is.
Paul is zeroing in on this reality that we are all broken and in need of something that we cannot obtain on our own. If you were to read just this chapter and never read anything else, it is a very sad story. This is why my heart rejoices as well. I know that in the hopelessness of the world and the brokenness of humanity through sin that there is hope in Jesus.
This is an important point that should be taken away from this. We as believers see behind the curtain. Because we see behind the curtain we have the unique privilege to share what we know with the ones who do not know. Take the knowledge today as a reminder that we have a mission to share the Good News that redeems this sad truth.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate