If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 (Read 1 John 1:8-10)
A man bought a piece of land and made plans to build his home on it. One day he took his son to see the land so that they could plant some grass on it. When they arrived he noticed the land had a lot of rocks. “Quick, lets grab these big rocks and throw them out”, said the man to his son. The first phase of the clearing project was easy and quick. With some effort the big rocks went out first. And when they were done, the man and his son noticed that there were a lot of smaller rocks that had to go too and so they cleared the area again. But when they had cleared the site of the boulders and rocks, they noticed all the smaller stones and pebbles they hadn’t seen before. Soon it was clear that they would need the whole family and a lot of time to do this much harder and tedious work!
Our lives are like that field. When we follow Christ, he points out the big rocks of bad behaviour and attitudes in our lives that we need to repent and leave behind. But as the years go by, when the big rocks are no longer an issue, you will begin to see another layer of small sinful attitudes or behaviour that you never saw before. Small things like pride, jealousy, selfishness or bad motive just to mention a few. The small pebbles and stones are numerous and are the most tiring to remove. We must search our hearts every day and ask God to show us our sins big or small so that we can confess them and continue to grow in Christ-likeness. All sin in our lives ought to be confronted, whether you consider it big or small. To claim you have no sin is to be deceived.
Prayer: Dear God, I thank you for your tender loving kindness and patience with us sinners. Though we are imperfect, you bear with us patiently while beseeching us to draw near you in confession so that we may be forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness. Today I pray that you would forgive me for (insert issue here). Help me to be like your son Jesus Christ. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.