Have you ever wished for a “Redo” button? Have you ever had a day that started off so completely on the wrong foot that you wish you could just push a button and start over?
You woke up tired because you didn’t get enough sleep the night before, or the night before that, or the one before that!
The stresses of the upcoming day are already pressing down on you. You are grumpy.
The kids are running around wild. Not listening. Again.
And then your sin rears its ugly head and you blow up. At the kids. At your husband. At anyone within sounding distance.
That was my Monday morning.
And there I was, trying to pick out clothes so I could take my shower, and all I could do was cry in my closet. I already hated how things were going and it wasn’t even 9 a.m.!
I hated my tiredness. I hated my grumpiness. I hated how I had sinned again by lashing out in anger (a sin I am constantly fighting).
And I wished I could just back up the clock and start all over again. All of this is exactly what I told my husband when he found me in a heap of tears on the bed. “I just wish I had a Redo button.”
As he sat there patiently and gently consoling me, he said, “The gospel is your Redo button”. You can’t go back and undo all the things that have already happened this morning, but you can start again right now because of the gospel. You have already been forgiven and so you can move on. The rest of your day doesn’t have to be determined by how your morning went.”
(I am paraphrasing, of course, because he said it even better than that.)
If that doesn’t make a lick of sense to you, this is what it means: When Christ came to earth as a man over 2,000 years ago, he lived a perfect life for you. He was never grumpy to anyone on a Monday morning and never lashed out in unrighteous anger.
In fact, he lived all of his Monday mornings perfectly (and every other day, too) because he knew that we couldn’t.
When Jesus died on the cross, he took all of the wrath and curse that our sins deserve on himself, and paid our sin penalty in full, because . . .
He already knew about all of our Mondays, and He still loved us and wanted us as His own.
He knew that the only way we could be in his presence for eternity was by taking our sins upon himself and giving us his perfect life in return.
If you have trusted in Christ and what he did on the cross for you as your only means of rescuing from the punishment your slew of heinous Monday mornings (and every other day) deserves, then the gospel is your Redo button.
When you sin, you know it has already been paid for. And while that doesn’t give us liberty to sin with abandon, it does mean that you can ask for forgiveness and rest assured that there is no guilt or condemnation reserved for you (Romans 8:1-4).
Who would really want to do that to the perfect one who rescued us from hell with his own life?
And if the Creator and Judge of the universe does not condemn you, then you can go on with the rest of your day from a new starting point. This is God’s grace to us!
This is how the gospel applies to our everyday lives! Praise the Lord for his great loving-kindness!
I am always thankful for the gospel, and I was particularly thankful for it this Monday morning. I pray that the next time you have a Monday (or any day) like mine, you will ask God to help you see how his glorious gospel applies to your life.
And if you think it doesn’t apply to you, then I ask you to consider the free and undeserved gift of salvation for sinners that God offers through his Son, Jesus Christ, who covers and pays for a multitude of Mondays as far as eternity.