The Gospel of John (chapter 8) tells us a story of Jesus talking to people who considered themselves Disciples of Christ. Jesus said to this group, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (v. 31-32)
They responded by saying, “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free'” (v. 33)
These people, just like many of us, had no idea that in reality they were born slaves. They were born slaves to sin; or if you prefer, a slave to “missing the mark.” They were born slaves to doing wrong, to being self-centered, even to addictions.
Just like that group of people, we also were born slaves, born prone to missing the mark. We can believe in God, consider ourselves disciples of Christ, attend church, read our Bible, even attend a Clean Heart For Men meeting, but never experience freedom. Why?
Because we don’t realize that we were born a slave and we are not able to free ourselves from slavery. Only Jesus can do this. “Whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (II Cor. 3:16-17).”
But you say, “I have turned to God and I still have this problem of ‘missing the mark’ in a certain area.”
I ask you the same question the Apostle Paul said to the believers in Galatia, “How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort (Gal. 3:3)?”
I have listened to a few different men say they were no longer attending Clean Heart because they have not experienced any progress in their “missing the mark” area. Yet, they also willingly said, they never really left a meeting and put into practice the various behaviors, strategies, and attitudes discussed in the meetings in their lives.
Jesus said, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
I encourage you to seek God by reading the Bible, by finding a home church, by participating in a small group with other believers, and if need be attending Clean Heart For Men. But I also encourage you to pray and seek God for freedom. “Take your conviction and turn it in to commitment.” Without action it’s just a really good idea, not a God idea (#codeorangerevival).”