Missing the Mark

Algebra. I loved it, but as a parent the word makes me shiver. Today I corrected my son’s algebra homework. Although he got every problem correct, I made him redo the entire page. Why? He didn’t show his work. In algebra, the process is as important as the answer. If turned in, that paper would have earned an F.

In other words, he missed the mark.

Sin can be a difficult concept. We understand murder and theft and adultery as sin. We understand lying and gossip as sin—especially when we’re on the receiving end. But coveting? Judgmental thoughts? Complaining? Well, everyone does those.

But they miss the mark.

Remember, Eve “only” ate a piece of fruit. But she knew God had forbidden it. Any time we do what God doesn’t want us to do, or we don’t do what God wants us to do, we’ve missed the mark. We’ve sinned.

I offered my son a redo of his algebra page, but God offers the best redo of all—a new life in Christ, all sins forgiven and erased. The wages of sin might be F—I mean, death! “But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:23.