Topic: Missing the Mark
Romans 3:23 (NKJV) “23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
What is sin? Simply put it means to miss the mark. Think of throwing a dart at a dart board and trying to hit bullseye. You missed the bullseye and therefore you missed the mark.
What is the mark God wants us to hit? Perfection! What are the standards that govern perfection? None other than the Ten Commandments.
- You shall have no other gods before Me…
- You shall not make for yourself a carved image…you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.,
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain…
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.
If you break one of the Ten Commandments, you are guilty of breaking them all. James 2:10 (NKJV) “10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” If you try to live by the law, you will die by the law. Rom 3.23 reminds us that we have all missed the mark and therefore we are guilty of breaking all Ten Commandments. That is why Jesus introduced grace to us. Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV) “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,”
Rather than placing our faith in the perfect law that we have broken, we place our faith in Jesus who is perfect. Jesus is the only one to hit the mark of perfection. Jesus’ life is the bullseye of perfection. And when we place our faith in Him, He takes away our sin and replaces it with His perfection, His righteousness so that God doesn’t see the holes in our dart board (i.e. our lives), but rather, He sees the bullseye of Jesus’ life in us.