by Tammy Phillips
October 31, 2021
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24 CSB)
Satan is the author of tricks. He wants us to believe that we still fall short. He wants us to live with shame of our past and our sins. Satan is a liar. Hear the truth, today!
If you have grown up in church like me, you have heard this verse all your life. I absolutely love God and how Holy Spirit gives life to a verse like this that we have heard repeatedly. In our prayer group somebody prayed this verse and the phrase “fall short” stuck in my spirit. I went digging. Let’s look at what I found.
First, all means each, every, everyone, and anyone. The whole of creation from beginning to end, including you and I have sinned. Every man and every woman with the exception of Jesus has sinned. All means all. All have sinned, missed the mark, made a mistake, wandered from the path of uprightness and honor, done the wrong thing or went the wrong way.
Secondly, all fall short. “Fall short” is one Greek word, hystereō, which means, to be late; lag; be behind; to come late or too tardily; to be left behind in the race and so fail to reach the goal; to fall short of the end; to fail to be a partaker. Hello? We ALL have been a little late and felt a lot behind, right? We all definitely “fall short” of the glory, excellence, magnificence, majesty, and the absolutely perfectness of Christ. The Lord knows this old gal is far from it…BUT GOD!
Thirdly, we fall short, BUT GOD stands us tall! Romans 3:24 says that all are justified. Justified is the Greek word, dikaioō, meaning rendered, shown, or declared to be righteous or to be such as one ought to be in the sight of God; to be innocent and to be declared guiltless; acquitted of a charge; to be absolved; to be freed; to be just; to be straight and upright.
Where we have fallen short, God says wait just a minute! Paul tells us a different story. By God’s grace, good will, loving-kindness, and unmerited favor, He has provided our redemption. God has released us and paid our ransom in full with the blood of Jesus Christ. He has delivered, liberated, and saved us by paying our ransom.
We might have fallen short, but in Jesus…
We are as we were meant to be!
We are innocent in the eyes of God!
We are guiltless!
We are acquitted!
We are free!
We are justified!
We are realigned!
We are upright!
We stand tall!
I enCOURAGE you to see yourself as God sees you. Once you choose Jesus as Lord and Savior, the LORD GOD does not look at you and feel ashamed. Romans 3:24 is your explanation. God looks at you and sees you as you are meant to be. He does not see you as falling short nor not measuring up. He sees you standing tall and upright in Jesus. Once and for all, be free from the shame of your sin and see yourself as God sees you. He paid for it. It is your gift to take. Take it and BE FREE! Stand tall.