20 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.

We are impressed by streaks of success. From 2014 to 2017, the UConn women’s basketball team won 111 straight games. The streak spanned 867 days and included 108 wins by double-digits. The team also won two national titles during this span and, prior to the beginning of the 111-game streak, had come off of a separate 46-game winning streak. The streak of 111 games finally came to an end in the 2017 Final Four when the team fell to Mississippi State 66-64.

Certainly, during this streak there were moments that it seemed the team’s next loss would not be anywhere in the immediate future. Even when they did finally lose to Mississippi State, it was a shock to most, as it was a foregone conclusion by many that they would win yet another consecutive championship.

However, unlike the UConn women’s basketball team, no such streak exists with consecutive victory over sin. Since the first sin of Adam and Eve, sin has been the continual experience of all people on a daily basis. We may be able to hide or sin from others for a time, but God is completely aware of the reality of our sin. And that reality is that apart from Christ, sin is not just what we do, but who we are.

1 John 1:8 gives this reality clearly: “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” However, there is good news for those who confess their sin freely before the Lord, recognizing that our own streak of sinless living cannot last more than mere moments: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). May we be people who are well aware of our own sinfulness and God’s holiness, that we might grow in our understanding of and appreciation for the grace we have been shown in Jesus.

• Where is God currently revealing your sin to you most clearly?

• How does your sinfulness in light of God’s holiness amplify the good news of the gospel?

• Pray and thank God that though we are sinful, He is abundantly gracious to us.

[1] Chiusano, Anthony. "UConn's Record Winning Streak Ends at 111 Games." NCAA.com. April 01, 2017. Accessed February 27, 2019. https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2017-03-31/uconn-womens-basketball-huskies-record-winning-streak-ends.