Brian is our wonderful neighbor. He had spent the whole day smoking baby back ribs. He called to say he wanted to bring over a rack of ribs for Shannon and me. There in the light of day, I was forced to admit I was no longer a man because I don’t eat meat. I could hear the shame and dismay in Brian’s voice as he said, “I don’t understand. You raise cows.”
As I began to sob, Brian and I ended our conversation. I could tell he wanted to help me, but it was too late.
They say confession is good for the soul but I’m not sure I buy that. I would rather not have to admit to the world that I am no longer a man. I’m comfortable hiding my guilt. Confession really isn’t my thing.
But now that I’ve had a few moments to think it through, I must admit confession is an indispensable part of being a Christian.
The only way to truly be whole and complete begins with the realization of how far we’ve fallen and presenting our fragile, egomaniacal selves to the only One who can heal our brokenness. There’s no other way.
That’s why John said, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
While you may not carry the shame of being vegan, there is something you are ashamed of. Whatever it is, tell God and be healed.
Is it hard to confess how far we’ve fallen? You bet!
Is it necessary to confess how much we need Jesus to save us from ourselves? You bet.
Is it worth it to stand before pure love and know, despite whatever you have done, thought, or said, you are forgiven? It’s the only way to true peace.
Today, this morning, this moment, confess to God and be cleansed. There is no other way.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, I am not as clean, good, or faithful as I want to be. Please forgive me and help me walk your narrow path. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
While I am certain your sins are not as bad as refusing a neighbor’s baby back ribs, you still need to confess. Only God can take your broken pieces and put them back together. It’s the only way.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.