This week’s verse struck me as an interesting one to specifically memorize, yet as I thought about it, it makes sense to have this one with you as you travel through life. I know the verse word for word but I had to work to remember where to find it as well as to identify what the verse said when just given the book, chapter and verse.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Why should this be one of the first verses we memorize? It seems condeming and depressing; why should we know where to find this scripture as well as recite it with profession? I believe that this scripture should be in our hearts for the simple purpose of keeping us humble as well as giving us confidence.
Many Christians tend to look at unbelievers as lower than themselves because the unbelievers haven’t yet been “saved”. Many Christians actually end up driving away those who don’t believe simply because they look at them like they are deseased, unholy, and stupid when they forget that they themselves were (and are) exactly that! Its like a butterfly making fun of a caterpiller because it hasn’t had time to transform!
This verse says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Not just the ones who don’t know Him yet. Notice in the sentence that “all have sinned (past tense) and fall short (present tense).” Just because you know Christ as your Lord and Savior does not mean that this scripture doesn’t apply to you anymore. We have all sinned in our life but we will always still fall short of the glory of God even after our salvation; that is what makes His amazing love and forgiveness so powerful!
The verse can also be taken another way and used as a confidence builder; “all have sinned”, not just you. No matter how bad you are, no matter how deeply rooted your sin is, everyone has sinned, yet Jesus still died for all the human race. So, when you sit back to think, “I’m not good enough for God.” You’re right. You’re not. No one is. That’s what makes His amazing love and forgiveness so powerful!
So do you know Romans 3:23? If you don’t, are you going to make it a goal to memorize it? Does anyone else have something to share pertaining to this verse?
Next week’s verse will be Romans 6:23 and we will start memorizing it Sunday, June 21. I will post my thoughts and progress on the verse towards the end of next week. Have a very blessed day!