The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “ in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday, I was trying to think about how I could be more thankful to God. As I was thinking I was recalling how God has changed me. I thought about how I haven’t done that sin in a long time, or how I haven’t said that unkind word in a long time. I began to think “I am becoming more like Jesus.” I realize I am not by any means perfect, but I am getting better. Maybe you feel that way. Maybe you feel not perfect, but when you look at yourself you see less faults than before. I felt that way for about 3 minutes. But then I felt that something was wrong, terribly wrong Why? Because Steps To Christ p. 64 says…”The closer you come to Jesus, the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes; for your vision will be clearer, and your imperfections will be seen in broad and distinct contrast to His perfect nature.”
When the prophet Isaiah beheld the glory of the Lord he declared “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5) You see the closer you come to Jesus, the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes. Often our feelings are not a right compass for morality for “the human heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) We may often feel righteous when in reality we are sinning against God. We are told that the greatest deception of the human mind in Christ’s day was that a mere ascent to the truth constituted righteousness. The Jews during Jesus time thought that because they knew about the Sabbath, because they knew about the Bible, because they were God’s chosen peculiar people, they thought they must be righteous. But have you ever wondered what is the greatest deception not for the world, but for God’s church in the last days?