Weighed and Wanting
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins." Romans 3:23-25 ESV
We recently watched the movie "A Knight's Tale." The story isn't incredibly profound; in fact, it's pretty silly, but there is a line from the movie that keeps playing in my mind as I contemplate Romans 3:23. I think it's the most memorable line, okay, perhaps the only memorable line, from the film. The villain, Count Adhemar, stands over the hero, William Thatcher, after beating him in a joust and declares, "You have been weighed; you have been measured, and you have been found wanting."
Would it surprise you to know that line is a paraphrase from the Bible? In Daniel 5, Daniel is summoned by King Belshazzar to interpret handwriting that appeared on a wall. Three words were written on the wall, including "tekel." Daniel 5:27 interpreted, "Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting."
King Belshazzar was living a life that was utterly unworthy of the glory of God. Effectively He was tried, measured, and found wanting. Because of that, God stripped him of his kingdom and took Belshazzar's life that very night.
You may be thinking that Belshazzar must have been a really bad dude for God to take such extreme measures. But the thing is, we are all equally guilty.
"All have sinned." Romans 3:23a
God doesn't rate sins on a scale of 1-10. Because God is holy, all sin is abominable to Him. He cannot tolerate any sin. We have all sinned; we are all guilty.
"and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23b
Our sin causes us to fall short of God's glory, which means we cannot enter into His holy presence. Our sin prevents us from having a relationship with God. Our sin leaves us on our own.
But God. . .
"[We] are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins." Romans 3:24-25
Even though we are completely unworthy of God, He made a way to restore our relationship with Him. Through Christ Jesus's atoning work on the cross, God's righteousness is displayed, and our sins are forgiven!
That gift is ours for the taking if we only confess that we are sinners in need of a Savior and proclaim that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died in our place and rose again three days later. When we repent and believe, our relationship with God is restored, and His glory is displayed in our lives! If you haven't already done that, I encourage you to do so today! Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner. Please forgive me and help me to change. I believe that Jesus was Your Son who came to Earth to save me. He was perfect; He never sinned. He died on the cross for me, He was buried, and He rose again. Thank you, Jesus, for doing that for me. I want You to save me and restore my relationship with God. In Jesus' name, Amen.