“I could never do that!” How often have you said that? You watch the news describe the shocking fall of another famous celebrity. Bankruptcy. Drugs. “I could never do that!” You hear of another pastor resigning in scandal. Adultery. Embezzling. “I could never do that!” Except here’s the hard truth from the Bible: You could. I could. I could absolutely do “that”—whatever the sin is. The Bible gives us this warning: “If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Don’t ever underestimate your sinfulness. You could do that. I could do that. The root of every sin lies in every human heart. But by the grace of God, there go I. Be careful that you don’t fall!
How can we not? The Bible continues, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). If we’re that sinful, how could we not fall? “God is faithful.” We are weak, but God is strong. We are unfaithful, but God is faithful. Stay connected to God and his Word. Stay connected to Jesus and his forgiveness. Live with an honest recognition of your sinfulness: “I could do that, so may God in his grace keep me close to Jesus!”