Human nature leads us to sin. Even when we don’t want to admit it and we make excuses for our indiscretions. Let’s take a look at what the apostle John says about sin.
4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.1 John 3:4-6
As John defines sin, he calls it a disregard for the law of God. Instead of consciously recognizing what we do as sin, we tend to rationalize our actions by saying things like “If I’ve done anything wrong…” That’s not a confession of sin. You can’t make a blanket statement like that and be forgiven for something you haven’t even admitted to.
John is talking about habitual sin. You know, when you thumb your nose at God and go right ahead and do what you want.
The mission of Jesus Christ is to take away our sins. He does that by taking the penalty of our sin. This happens immediately when we come to Jesus in faith. Jesus takes our sin away by taking the power of sin away! This is an ongoing work in the lives of those who follow Jesus. Jesus takes takes our sin away by taking the presence of sin away. This will be completed when we pass into eternity and are glorified with Jesus.
This walk with Jesus is something that we continue throughout our lives. It’s his work in us and only he can do it. We aren’t strong enough to take our own sin away.
We don’t have to get ourselves right before coming to Jesus. But our lives can’t stay the same either. The changes are actually proof that we’ve committed to changing our lives to follow him.
We know that we will all sin occasionally, as John told us. But to continue to commit the same sin over and over and over, is to continue in lawlessness. Not exactly walking with Jesus. Continual habitual sin is inconsistent with a life of abiding in Jesus.
- Do you sin or not? You do.
- How do you react when you sin?
- Do you give into the sin and let it dominate your lifestyle?
- Or do you humbly confess your sin, and do battle against it with the power only Jesus can give?
- Stop making excuses for your sin and humbly confess them.
- If not, they will lead to a pattern of repetition.
- Possibly a secret lifestyle, one we wouldn’t want to admit to others, perhaps because we were ashamed.
- We can’t just make the excuse that, “that’s just how I am”.
If Jesus is in us, our lives will change. That’s the result of the work he has done in us! We’re just here for a little while. We will all live in eternity…the only difference is where we’ll spend it.
My blog post does not do justice to Jon Porter’s sermons, so I suggest you listen to his sermon this is taken from at the podcast. You’ll find it at this link. He always includes real life examples that relate to the sermon. I think you’ll relate to them!