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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166 thoughts on "Humanity Rebelled Against God"

  1. Julia Windom says:

    I’ve also been the “good girl” growing up. It took me leaving home and coming back to realize that much of this image was built around separating myself from others and not being accessible. They saw me as a snob and I was in many ways just trying to protect myself. But it is Christ who protect us, not me blocking people out. I was (still am) a bit silly and have gotten tattoos to take down some of that wall. It sounds ridiculous, but I have had so many people come into my life who I can minister to, love on, get to know because of these silly markings… God works in mysterious ways. And his grace and gospel are such a beautiful thing.

  2. Lizzy Wiley says:

    This chapter has hit me hard. And it has given me a lot to think about

  3. Miranda Hatfield says:

    Incredibly relatable. Much needed today!! We are all sinners. We all have to continue to
    maintain our relationships with God. Being “good” isn’t enough.

  4. Aaliyah Lee says:

    I’m not perfect and I never will be. I’m nothing without God and I’ll never compare to him

  5. Tobe Ajomale says:

    Learning and growing

  6. Marley Weatherman says:

    I always try so hard to be perfect, and I end up putting so much unnecessary pressure on my self, which gives me anxiety. I’ve been a Christian my whole life, and just now I’m finally starting to understand that with God, I should never be truly afraid.

  7. Kayce Ingram says:

    I’ve tried keeping up that “good girl” mentality for quite a while. But NOTHING will ever come close when you come face to face with who Christ is. It’s sobering to think that He truly knows you inside and out!!♥️

  8. Raquel Morales says:

    ❤️

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