Let’s put on our thinking caps and figure this out: What is sin and how are we sinful? Do we even care?!
God created the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (see Genesis 2:9), and called it “very good” (Genesis 1:31). Could it be that it was there for a future purpose, and was NOT there simply to test Adam and Eve? If so, then when they were old enough–at the time, they were just infants spiritually–it follows that God would have led them to the tree and instructed them in its use. That’s as far as we can go with the knowledge that we have.
We DO know this: The knowledge of good and evil is the awareness of each when we come into contact with them. What we do with them makes that contact either a lesson in righteousness and holiness with an increase of knowledge and fellowship with the LORD, or sin. Sin breaks our fellowship with the LORD, makes us unholy and unrighteous, and will ultimately destroy us. Remember the equation:
PRIDE = ARROGANCE –> REBELLION –> SIN –> DESTRUCTION
Here’s the big question: Do you care?
- Do you care that you have sin in your life and it’s destroying you?
- Do you want the LORD to root out all evil in you?
- Do you desire a close relationship with the LORD?
- Are you interested in being righteous and holy?
These questions may sound simple and even juvenile to “old” Christians, but I ask myself these very questions often! The Holy Spirit prompts these questions in my life routinely. Why? Because they are my motivation to listen to Him. The answer, “Yes!” is what gets me out of bed early to pray and read and study and write. This same motivation is what I want for YOU.
There is a hymn entitled, “Take Time to Be Holy,” that sums up our daily walk. I took the liberty of highlighting certain phrases that are pertinent to me:
1. Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
2. Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
3. Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
4. Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
John Longhurst had an insight for the future (see the last line) in that we will have jobs on the new earth when we get back from heaven (see Rev. 19-22 and Isaiah 65-66)–but that’s another lesson.
Let’s redeem this time of sequester by spending lots of time reading His Word, listening to uplifting music, watching inspiring movies and shows, fellowshipping with those with whom we have been sequestered, and connecting through the internet with friends and family. DON’T MISS THIS GRAND OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH!
Abba, I want to grow, too! Thank You for speaking to me this morning. I love it when You say, “Grab your pen and write this down…” May I care about sin in my life that is destroying me; May I want to root out any “offensive way in me” (Psalm 139:24); may I desire a closer relationship with You; may I choose righteousness and holiness to be my highest goals, for it is then that I am most like You. LORD, please give me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4). Amen.