This is a powerful quote. It really made me understand something important! I thought this would be an especially good one to share.
The results of each day’s work are influenced by the days that have preceded it. Defeat today prepares the way for still greater defeat tomorrow; victory today insures an easier victory tomorrow. And God will hold us accountable, not only for our words and deeds, in themselves, and in their effect upon others, but for their effect upon our own character and life. For all these he will bring us into judgment.E.G. White, Review and Herald, January 13, 1891
As I read this quote, I realized more of how much of an impact my former life as a gamer has had on me. I already saw a little of this before, but now it is much clearer. As an example, I am more prone to thinking that, if I mess up today, I will just try to do better tomorrow. Like how, if you fail to beat a level in a game, you can just try again, and the worst that will happen is that you’ll beat the game with fewer achievements, coins, rings, or whatever. You could even avoid these pitfalls by hitting “reset” and trying the level again as if you never failed it at all.
Life Has No Reset Button
Real life is not like a video game. Not even close. Not only is there no “reset” button or eraser that will undo our mistakes and failures, but every one of them will have a lasting effect to make it harder to succeed in the future. Moreover, as stated in the above quote, God will hold us accountable for these things. This is why Sister White also wrote the following:
We shall often have to bow down and weep at the feet of Jesus because of our shortcomings and mistakes, but we are not to be discouraged. Even if we are overcome by the enemy, we are not cast off, not forsaken and rejected of God. No; Christ is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Said the beloved John, “These things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1.Steps to Christ, p. 64
How encouraging! But we must not forget, it is because we acknowledge the severity of even the “little” mistakes and shortcomings and weep at His feet that He pleads for us on our behalf. We cannot shrug those mistakes off and say, “well, Jesus will make up for my shortcomings, so I’m okay”. No, that is clearly not the way that it works.
The Exceeding Sinfulness of Sin
The standard of righteousness is high—too high to reach without the power of Christ actuating us. It continues to become clearer to me that we have too dim a view of the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Why? Because we have too dim a view of the holiness of God and His Law, and even of the righteousness of Christ in His life on this earth.
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.Romans 7:12-13
The nearer we come to Jesus, and the more clearly we discern the purity of His character, the more clearly shall we see the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and the less shall we feel like exalting ourselves. There will be a continual reaching out of the soul after God, a continual, earnest, heartbreaking confession of sin and humbling of the heart before Him. At every advance step in our Christian experience our repentance will deepen. We shall know that our sufficiency is in Christ alone and shall make the apostle’s confession our own: ‘I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing.’ ‘God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.’ Romans 7:18; Galatians 6:14.Acts of the Apostles, p. 561