I’m sure we all know how this works.
The penalty for sin is a one way trip to hell yet, through a life lived in the image of Christ, an eternity in paradise could just as easily be our final destination.
Yet in light of this understanding, I pose a serious question.
In a world where Jesus has given us the choice to obtain life by believing in him and escape death in the process, whats stopping us from believing in the sacrifice of Jesus (thus escaping death and gaining life) yet still doing whatever we want?
“If I just believe in Jesus and escape going to hell when I die in the process, why shouldn’t I be able to sin whenever I feel like it?”
Well, the quick answer to this question is that God isn’t stupid.
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
God is all-knowing and because of that, he won’t allow someone to abuse the sacrifice of Jesus as a means of automatic entry into his kingdom.
I mean really, he’s God, what else did you think was gonna happen.
Yet the real meat and potatoes of what I’m getting at is that sin is actually a lot more dangerous than you might think it is.
Let’s consider Mark 7:20-23.
And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
I think that we can all agree that the world would be a much better place for everyone if the evils of murder, thievery, pride, and so on.
But here’s the thing, when we commit a sinful act, we, at that very moment, become apart of the reasons why life on this planet can be so sad and so pitiful at times.
When we sin, we become apart of the problem rather than apart of the solution.
And here’s the really difficult thing about the nature of sin, no matter how small or insignificant we may think our sinful acts are (telling small lies, casual sex, thinking enviously of the people around us), in God’s eyes, we are actually just as guilty as slanderers, adulterers, thieves, and even murderers.
10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
In Gods eyes, a sin is a sin, there is no distinction between one sin or another.
Just think about it, simply for looking a girl your not married to lustfully or being jealous of someone who has more money than you do, you, in God’s eyes are just as guilty as the people you may see or hear about on the news who commit unspeakable acts of terror and tragedy.
No of us really has any right to judge anyone when you get right down to it.
It can be hard to admit it but we’re no better than even the most hardened killers and criminals.
Of course, the law and our justice system might differ on that conclusion but in the judgment of God, the judgment that matters most of all, we are all equally guilty of sin because we’ve all done it before and will most definitely do it again.
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Yet in spite of thinking that sin couldn’t be any worse, the true horror of being sinful actually comes from the effects that it has in our daily lives.
God doesn’t command us to avoid sin because he doesn’t want to to have any fun he commands us to avoid sin because it is poisonous to anything good in life.
Adultery destroys marriage.
Thievery destroys innovation.
Dishonesty destroys relationship.
Envy destroys fulfillment.
Foolishness destroys wisdom.
Pride destroys humility.
Murder destroys peace.
When we sin, we destroy the good in our lives and replace it with evil.
When we sin, we gain nothing and lose everything.
When we sin, we actively destroy everything our in lives that has any chance of making us truly happy and content.
When we sin, we’re just making our own lives miserable, and that’s a shame.
Sin is truly an awful thing in its own right.
It amazing to me that God loves us so much that he would actually command us to avoid sin and evil at all costs rather than say nothing and allow us to kill ourselves from the inside out.
To care about a person so much that you would risk them hating you for telling them what they need to hear, now that’s love if I’ve ever seen it.
Sin is powerful but the good news is that in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the victory is already ours.
All that’s left for us to do is to make the choice to walk in that victory.
Use the word of God as a means of calling it out the sins you commit on a daily basis.
Strive to remove the effects of sin from your life completely through prayer and devotion.
Discover the goodnesses and richnesses that the freedom from the bondage of sin can create in your life and make a consistent effort to see those godly things grow and prosper rather than fade away from neglect.
All in all, simply be mindful that when you sin, you’re not only hurting your enemies, your hurting friends, your hurting family, and most of all your hurting yourself.
So be honest with yourself in your acknowledgment and repentance of sin and, through the grace of God, you will move beyond it.
This is 30 Days of Growth: Day 5
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