10 as it is written,
“There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 Destruction and misery are in their paths,
17 And the path of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

A common phrase is “defeat the purpose.” To defeat the purpose means to make something pointless because a given action or situation renders useless the intended purpose of an item or plan. An example of this is creating a detailed filing system for records but never filing the records according to the system. This defeats the purpose of the system, making it pointless.

In one sense, sin defeats the purpose for which human beings were created, namely to worship God and live in right relationship with Him. Sin turns us inward to ourselves, believing that we can find satisfaction and meaning apart from God.

Further, this is not only the condition of a certain number of human beings, it is the condition of us all, apart from the saving grace of God revealed in Christ. Paul stated this bluntly in Romans 3 by quoting several Old Testament books including Psalms, Isaiah, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs. The sinfulness of all people is made clear throughout the entire Bible.

However, this is where the goodness of the gospel message shines through. Through Jesus, God has made a way to rescue us from our own tendency to defeat the purpose of our lives. Because of Jesus, we can be reconciled back to the Father and live in a way that glorifies Him and fulfills the purpose for which we were created.

• How have you experienced the reality of sin defeating the purpose of glorifying God in your life?

• How has believing the gospel restored you to that purpose?

• Thank God that He has rescued us from our sinful state and renewed our purpose in Him through the saving work of Jesus.