Day 3

Humanity Rebelled Against God

from the This Is the Gospel reading plan


Genesis 3:1-19, Deuteronomy 28:15-19, Isaiah 1:4-5, Romans 5:12-14

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:1-19, Deuteronomy 28:15-19, Isaiah 1:4-5, Romans 5:12-14

From the time my pigtails bounced and my skirt twirled, I’ve always been a “good girl”—just ask my mama. I was a straight-A student who rarely got in trouble. I picked the right college, the right fella, the right outfit. You get the idea.

Turning my life over to Jesus ripped my story into two distinct halves: life before Him and life after Him. Still, there isn’t a lot of drama in the “before” part. No skeletons in the closet. No criminal record. No massive public failures. It’s tempting to think that Jesus died to make me a new and improved version of myself: Erin 2.0.

I’ve been walking with the Lord for more than two decades now, and the strangest thing has happened. The longer I know Him, and the more familiar I become with His Word, the uglier my heart looks. It’s like one of those optical illusion pictures that just looks like a bunch of squiggles at first. But the longer you stare, the more the edges of a hidden image start to emerge, and you see it’s not a pretty picture.

Sure, my behavior screams “good girl,” but my deceitful heart whispers thoughts of jealousy, pride, envy, hate, anger, bitterness, greed—the list goes on and on. Because here’s the truth: the Bible tells us no one is good except God alone (Romans 3:10). The achievements, accomplishments, and attitudes we attempt to polish up with a high shine are destined to look like filthy rags next to His blinding holiness (Isaiah 64:6).

Our sin—and the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve—is a reality the Bible doesn’t bother to sugarcoat (Genesis 3). We are the children of sinners who produce children who sin. We are not a people defined by our goodness, but rather all of humanity is “weighed down with iniquity” (Isaiah 1:4). We, all of us, have turned our backs on our Creator.

When it comes to holiness, there is no bell curve. The Bible warns that everything, every single thing in our world is cursed by our sin and rebellion against God: our civilizations and our agriculture, our food and our children, our crops and our herds, our coming in and going out (Deuteronomy 28:17–19).

It has taken my entire life, but my good girl facade has cracked. Praise God. Following the rules doesn’t make me righteous, but the good news of the gospel keeps picking me up and dusting me off. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Facing up to the reality of my sin hurts. But when I wrestle with the gospel, the gospel always wins. Being good is not enough, but the thoroughly sufficient grace of a good and loving God is.

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Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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148 thoughts on "Humanity Rebelled Against God"

  1. Tiheasha Beasley says:

    It’s so important to remember that our hearts are deceitful, and eventually what’s in our hearts will manifest itself on the outside. I had being a good girl down packed. I served in church, said all the right things on social media, and did all kinds of “loving” jesters for others… and still fell into an adulterous relationship. Since then God has been revealing so many things to me about myself. But I praise God for His grace, love and mercy. I have been restore and forgiven. He is an amazing father.

  2. Jessica Young says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE, when I started reading the scripture I was like wow this is a downer this morning, yet when I really dug in and read “Being good is not good enough, but the thoroughly sufficient grace of a good and loving God is.” What a joy it is to be loved by such a loving Father

  3. Kathy Peralez says:

    This has moved my heart in so many ways! ❤️ My whole life I have tried to fit this “good girl” image. God has truly been revealing that and image of good on the outside does not reflect the truth of good in my heart. I am truly humbled and grateful for his grace!

  4. Stephanie Morell says:

    Can totally relate to this today. We are all sinners. Just like the writer, I also was viewed as a “good girl”. As i read her truths, i reflected and see them in myself. Being good on the outside doesn’t always translate to the inside as well. By HIS grace we are set free.

  5. Nicole Alexakos says:

    Being a bad girl on the outside is no better then having a bad heart on the inside. Putting on this good girl behavior is not good enough. We must put our whole heart over to Jesus and trust him and his gospel fully.

  6. Amy Fuller says:

    No one is perfect, but rather the grace of God will help us reach the purpose he has for us and provide us with forgiveness

  7. Brittany Phillips says:

    This story sounds a lot like mine, especially being the “good girl.” I think about that a lot now that I’m a mom. I don’t ever want my kids to think that “being good” is what gets them to God. Thank the Lord for His Word so we can show our kids how sin came into the world, and how God has redeemed us through Christ.

  8. Leah Samuel says:

    Just realising that being “good” isn’t enough❤️

    1. Jenny Schick says:

      His grace is enough though. So thankful that he works through his word to reveal these sort of truths to us so we can grow deeper & stronger in our faith. This realization (that being good isn’t enough) is helpful as we go about our lives and share the gospel with others. We don’t go about it in a haughty “I am good and you are not so you need Jesus” kind of way but in a humbling “I am full of sin just like you; I understand” kind of way.

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