By Bryan Hill
There’s a famous quote that says, “The very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again with the expectation of a different result.” So many times in my life, I can look at repetitive patterns that never got me closer to the end goal, but because they were comfortable or the norm, I was willing to keep trying.
In Him, God offered a new beginning. He is the way for closing the gap between God and humanity. Obedience, kindness, compassion—all wrapped up in the form of a man. He stepped out of heaven to do the one thing that none of us could ever do: offer the ultimate sacrifice that would open the doorway to forgiveness for all sin—past, present, and future.
The sacrifice of earthly things was never enough, an endless cycle. Hebrews 10:11 says, “Every priest stands day after day ministering and offering the same sacrifices time after time, which can never take away sins.” Jesus Christ is all that can take away our sin, not the faith of those who have gone before us, not the faith of those in our family, or the faith of the world’s greatest preachers.
None of these things are bad; maybe they have helped us grow exponentially in our faith, but they can only take us so far. We have to be willing to keep growing and keep learning. The only practical thing that we can bring to the table is obedience. Ephesians 2:8–9 says, “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast.”