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Right-Sized Sin

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” Eph. 2:1-3

Ephesians 2 tells it like it is. Before Jesus, we were DEAD in our trespasses and sins. We followed the ways of the world and the devil, we did what our bodies and minds wanted to do. We were, by very nature, children of wrath. Yes, wrath. No one likes to think about the wrath of God. We’d rather He be a jolly old grandfather or a cosmic vending machine. But God is holy and He hates sin.

If we do admit our sin, we’re soft on it. We can be blind to it. It becomes comfortable and part of “who we are.” We might call it quirky, a personality bent, or a hundred other things. Or we minimize our sin (“it’s not THAT bad”), rationalize it (“I have my reasons), or compare it (“I’m not as bad as others”).

But Eph. 2:4-5 changes the trajectory of this sad state of affairs. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved…”

If we minimize our sin, then Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross doesn’t mean much. Little sin, little God. But if we understand the depths of our sin, the cross means something because we realize how much we need it. When we “right-size” our sin, we have greater appreciation for our right-sized, perfect Savior, Jesus.

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Take Aim

Luke 4:8- “And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’”
Every failed relationship starts with the best of intentions. One miscommunication can start an avalanche of regrettable words and irrevocable actions that can drastically change the direction of our affections. And that is really all that happens- our affections are still there, we just put them in a different place. All the time and effort we were investing into one relationship, we relocate to somewhere else. It’s a sad but natural process that we have all been through with friends or significant others. Unfortunately, many of us try the same thing with God.
Harold Best once said, “When we sin, worship does not stop. It changes directions.” We have never stopped worshipping; in fact, we cannot stop worshipping. God has created us to aim our affections at something. It’s who we are because we are created for Him. But we have an undeniable tendency to aim wrong. We worship money, sex, people, success, our children- the list goes on and on. And on. And on. Because when we can’t help but worship, and yet we refuse to aim that worship at an eternal God, our voracious appetites chew through temporal thing after temporal thing. Only God will satisfy, and He was loving enough to point that out in the passage above.
Our compassionate God does not command our worship because He needs it. We are commanded to worship because God knows only He can satisfy the longing in our hearts for more. Our eternal souls will not be quenched by the world. Aim your worship at God and let His glory astonish you. Every time you get just a glimpse, it’s harder and harder to try to break up.

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