5 we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7 To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. 8 To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. 9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him (Daniel 9:5-9)
What is life before we knew Jesus? How do we live when we haven’t surrendered our life yet to Christ? Has the Lord brought big impact to the way we live the same way we did when we were still under the slavery of sin?
No one will probably stand in the midst of all of us and proclaim that he/she is blameless. For all have sinned and done wrong. We all disobeyed. We did things that did not glorify nor please God. But our God is gracious and merciful. Instead of us, it was Christ who is holy that was crucified to set us free from sin. When we had accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our filthy hearts were cleansed and purified. One thing that God cannot see, would you believe, are our sins when it is covered by the blood of Jesus.
Because we have been cleansed, we should do our part too. Do not take for granted what Christ had sacrificed. Show the world how Christians act by getting rid of temptations and walking uprightly. A change in the way we live should happen, from wicked living to righteous living. Turn your backs from the past and start walking in Spirit. In such a way we will not only please God. We can make a big impact to this world by showing them that a life with Christ makes it worth living.