Have you ever heard the story of The Scorpion and The Frog?
One day a scorpion is hanging around the side of a stream. A frog happens by on his way across the stream. The scorpion cannot swim so he stops the frog and asks if he can climb on his back for a ride across the water.
“Do you think I am crazy?” The frog says. “If I let you on my back, you’ll certainly sting me and I’ll sink in the water and die.”
The scorpion replies, “hey just think about it for a second, I can’t swim. If I sting you, then you’ll die and I’ll sink and die too.”
The frog thinks for a second and decides that makes sense, so he proceeds to give the scorpion a ride across the stream.
About half way across the stream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog screams “What are you doing? Why did you sting me? Now I am going to drown and die and you are going to sink and die too.”
The scorpion says “because it’s my nature.”
Unfortunately for all of us humans, sin is our nature. We often do self-destructive things and don’t understand why. For many of us wimps, “that’s just how I am” is a great excuse for not even attempting to change. The truth is we are afraid of trying because we’re afraid of failing. Not that I blame you. We live in a very judgmental society full of hypocrites. Your mistakes are often put in the spotlight or under a microscope.
Romans 3:23 says: “Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory.”
So stop worrying about failing, quit caring about what other people think, and don’t be afraid that you can’t be the perfect Christian. Your sinful nature does not define who you are. Your acceptance of Christ’s gift does.