“My people”

2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

I heard this verse this weekend. I have heard this verse what seems like a million times in my nearly 40 years. But when I heard it this weekend, a lightbulb came on. You know how that happens, you hear something so much that it doesn’t click. Then you hear it again after a long while and you hear and understand it in a whole different light.

“If my people” – Oftentimes we want to forget that that means me. That means that me, as a follower of Christ, could be holding things back. I am “my people” and you are too if you have chooses Jesus as your Savior. “My people” is the problem in this equation. We always want to blame it on someone else. “If the people out there in the world would turn from their sin….” This is what we sometimes choose to read instead of “my people”.

But, it is not them; it is us that refuses to see the sin in ourself. It is in us that He desires to see change. It is us in whom He sees the problem. We see the problem in other people. We’re Christians. We’re perfectly forgiven, right?

Here is where I fall short – I don’t like to see that I still sin. I don’t like to see that I still fall short. I don’t like to admit that I am (and have) a problem. I don’t want to see the sin in my life. Oh, I ask God to show me. But even then, sometimes I refuse to look at it. And that, dear princess, is a problem. Maybe you have it all figured out. Maybe you see sin and boom, you take care of it. That is my goal, but I don’t always do it.

What if I’m the problem? What if I am what is holding back my family, my church, my community, my state or my country? What if my unconfessed sin is what is keeping us from moving forward?

God promised that if I would humble myself and pray and seek His face that He would hear me and would forgive me and would heal me. But this concept works corporately as well as personally. In this verse, God is calling the children of Israel to repent so that He can heal their land. God makes that same call today to us. He sees our hurting. He sees the corruption and injustice. And He wants to heal our land. But it is not that He desires only to see the unsaved repent and turn to Him, He also wants His people to choose to see their sin and confess it and turn from it and choose to follow after Him wholeheartedly.

And when we think of unconfessed sin, we think of what we consider to be “big sins” like theft, murder…that kind of terrible stuff. But He also wants us to turn from what we consider as “little sins” like lying, coveting, jealousy – those little things that we keep close to the vest and don’t think affect anybody else. Yet, they do affect other people. They keep us all from blessings. They keep us all from being healed. They keep us from a closer walk with our Savior. These are the things that He wants us to get out in the open and get rid of.

So this week, sister, I want to challenge you to keep your eyes open and your ears in-tune with the Holy Spirit. Listen for His voice as it shows you your sin. And when you hear Him, choose to walk away from that sin with the help of Christ. Choose to let Him show you a better way. Let’s see what happens in our life and in our surroundings when we totally choose to let Him lead.