We all fall short. The Bible tells us that every person on this planet has sin in their lives. Maybe you consider yourself to be a “good” person. After all, you’ve never committed any of the “big” sins like adultery or murder. It’s only natural as humans to rank our sins on some sort of scale. Certainly lust in our hearts can’t be as bad as actually committing the act of adultery. Unfortunately, the Bible is clear that sin is sin. There is no “ranking system” when it comes to the sins we commit.
Paul speaks of the days when he was a slave to sin in the book of Romans. The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. He is the solution to our slavery. As believers, we are now dead to sin. It no longer is our master, and it has no power in our lives. Jesus’ death on the cross broke the power of sin in our lives once and for all.
So what does this mean for believers? Do we accept Christ’s forgiveness and never sin again? I wish that were the case, but unfortunately it isn’t. Serving God and obeying His Word is a choice we must continue to make on an ongoing basis.
The difference between a true believer and non-believer is what we choose to do with our sin.
- Believers have the Holy Spirit living inside of them, and their hearts are constantly striving to serve God. When they fail, their hearts have the desire to immediately make things right again. They have a repentant heart that longs for restoration. They are more than willing to surrender their sin to God.
- Someone who is a “slave” to sin is content living in their sin. Their heart is not striving for restoration. Instead, they feel no remorse for their actions and will make every attempt to justify their sin. Non-believers often feel that they are the free ones without rules to follow. The Bible teaches that this lawlessness, however, leads them even further into their slavery to sin. (Romans 6:16-18)
TRUTH: Sin separates us from God. Someone who has genuinely experienced His extravagant love will never want to be separated from Him again. They will make every attempt to deepen their relationship with the Father, not hinder it.
As long as we live here on this planet, temptation will be in our lives. Remember, however, that the solution is Jesus. We have this amazing promise found in God’s Word:
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NASB)
As believers, we don’t have to live as slaves to sin. We can resist the devil and he will flee. We have the power of the cross to lean on. The answer is Jesus. It’s always Jesus.
When running the race, don’t let sin trip you up.
Keep your eyes on the prize – Jesus Christ our Lord.
His death and resurrection guarantees that you will win the race! All you need to do keep your eyes on Him and run.
*Unless otherwise indicated, scripture quotations taken from the NASB.