Humanity doesn’t understand the mess we are living in. Sexual perversion, the killing of innocent lives, the way we treat people and so much more becoming more prevalent. Or is it the fact that we have instant access to them that shocks us, where they already happening yet we just didn’t know it? What compels a father and mother to lock up their kids in the basement and treat them worse than animals? Is this a mental health problem or is there something deeper going on in their lives? To be all in within our relationship with God we must be able to recognize sin and expose it for its true nature.
“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.”
Romans 5:12 NLT
““There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”
John 3:18 NLT
Sin is present here in the world, there is no doubt in its existence, as we see the effects it brings on the news daily. Yet we also see the effects of sin in our own lives and community. Do not be fooled into thinking that may not be as rampant as what we see on TV, but it is there. Sin came from disobedience, it doesn’t matter if Adam or Eve sinned they were united and one, so because Adam didn’t step up and do something but instead he joined in we are now all paying the price for their united disobedience.
The word sin is not used outside the church. I wonder why that is? It has been around since the beginning of time. Yet mankind has kept its use in the shadows of the church. The enemy knows that if it is exposed as the root of the world’s problems it will lead people to Jesus and he doesn’t want that. So he does everything in his power to keep it as a word that just not to be spoken, taboo. So now we attach other words to replace sin, mentally ill, sick, broken, things that sound medical but not spiritual.
We need to call a spade a spade. People are stuck in sin. Nothing we can do in earthly terms can cleanse us of this ingrained parasite that plagues us all from birth. We are condemned from birth to die and go to hell if we don’t find a way to treat this.
Fortunate for us, God the Father had a solution to this sin issue in his son Jesus. He sent his son to die, John 3:16 so beautifully shares this plan with us. I call it the Coles notes of Christianity. It is everything a person needs to see that Jesus is here to remove sin from our lives. He wants to cleanse us from this disease. But until you realize your sick why would think you need the saviour?
We need to expose sin for what it is. I am striving to learn how to do that effectively without coming of ‘ judgmental ‘, but when eternity is at stake does it matter? This conflict between serving Jesus and his mission and our comfort is holding many of us back. We only see the here and now and forget that this time in our lives is all we get to reach others. Let us punch out of our comfort zones to confront sin for what it is and reach the lost. Maybe reading this you feel like something punched you in the stomach, hit you hard and you don’t know what to make of it. That’s conviction, that’s the Holy Spirit trying to tell you that the truth is right here in front of you and you need to reach out the Jesus asking for help with the sin infection. Ask him today to free you of this, start a new life today.
Jesus, sin for a long time has disguised itself. Help us to expose it for what it is. Show us how to reach those who need you be exposing the sin and providing them with how to be cleansed through you. We have no power ourselves, but you have all the power to cleanse sin. Let us be effective in reaching others for you. For us to be all in we must understand the power of sin and how to show others why it is important to overcome it. They matter to you so they matter to me. Amen