Why is it that whenever the toilet overflows it is after I have cleaned the bathroom and mopped the floor in there? It doesn't happen every time, but when the toilet chooses to hemorrhage onto the bathroom floor, it always seems to target the moment the floor is clean. How about that sink in the bathroom? As soon as I have the faucet shining beautifully, someone comes in and brushes their teeth and spits on the faucet! Or they leave a big clump of toothpaste in the sink. Ugh! Housework never really ends. No matter what, there will always be more laundry and dirty dishes in the sink and there will always be more dirt on the floor. Sometimes I feel like our spiritual life is like that, too. Just when we have cleaned up an area in our life with God's help, more junk comes to the surface. But that is okay because that is how we grow closer to Him and depend on Him.
Depending on God is the answer because no matter how much we clean, we just can't seem to get it clean enough. There is nothing we can say or do in our own abilities that will clean up our sin; we have to depend on God's grace through faith. Please look at Galatians 3:9-14, and see what happens when we depend on our ability to follow the law rather than depend on grace. When we depend on following the law for righteousness and salvation, we are cursed instead. It is through Jesus's sacrifice that we can be made right with God and saved from the curse; it has nothing to do with what we can do better. Please look up Philippians 3:8-11. It is through faith in Christ that we can experience righteousness. "For God's way of making us right with Himself depends on faith."
This doesn't mean that we can just go on living life the way we want to live it; after studying 2 Peter this summer it is clear that it is important to continue to grow in order to keep from falling into the enemy's traps. But, isn't it good to know that we don't have to concentrate on our own ability to clean up our lives? Isn't good to know that God loves us so much that He allowed for a New Covenant to make a way for us? 2 Corinthians 3:6 says, "He has enabled us to ministers of His new covenant. This covenant is not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life." Oh, to know that we have life!
Are you depending on your own abilities, or are you depending on God to give you life?