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Romans 3:9-18 (NIV)
No One Is Righteous
9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.” 14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
When we moved into our house last July the previous owners left behind a compost bin that we have been adding our scraps and leftovers to. Slowly that organic matter breaks down and becomes a compost mixture that will be very important for supporting the growth of new produce in our garden. Like those scraps we are not whole and perfect. We are all broken and we all screw up. Oftentimes, we hurt the people that we love the most and cause damage without even meaning to. Similar to compost, becoming good soil starts with the realization that we are not whole, but our life is often just “scraps and leftovers” that we attempt to pass off as a gourmet meal. Accepting and confessing that we are in need of a Savior is not easy, but it is the truth that leads us to becoming good, fertile soil. Today, ask God to break down the pride and blindness that is keeping you from being rich and fertile soil for His Kingdom.