Remember the movie, The Three Amigos? Steve Martin’s character is chained to a wall and he is striving to get to the lever that will free him from his bondage. Just as he reaches for the lever he loses his momentum and the chains pull him back hard against the wall.
That’s a picture of my life some of the time. I strive to do the right things, yet something is pulling me backwards, constantly tempting me to do what I don’t want to do. Do you have that same issue? Why is that?
Growing up in the church I often heard messages about sin – do this, don’t do that. I thought the way to relationship with God was based on following the religious code. Live a better life, have a better relationship.
Do you know that’s not true?
Recently one of my sons committed, what I would term, a serious sin. Now, before you start dreaming up what he might have done, let me just say it’s not anything you or I haven’t done. As a father it’s so tempting to let his mistake drive a wedge between him and me. I could tell by the way his eyes looked me that he thought he had committed an unpardonable sin against me. So when I reached over and held him something broke inside of him. He cried, I cried. Why? Because what he thought would separate him from me, actually brought us closer together.
Am I saying that the more you sin, the closer you will be to God? Maybe. Depends on how you see Him and how you receive Him. Am I saying you should sin more so you can be closer to God? No, that’s borderline stupidity. But what if the very thing that you believed separated you from God can be the catalyst to bring you closer to Him?
And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. (Romans 8:2 NLT)
This powerful verse has everything to do with how you and I look at our sin. Sin’s power leads to death – total separation from God. That power is neutered when you ask Jesus into your life and immediately, without revocation, the power of the Spirit comes into you. Now, nothing you do can separate you from God’s love.
Do you believe this is true? If not, why not? If so, how does it change your approach to God? Encourage others by sharing your thoughts here.