Saturday, April 2, 2011

What is your greatest sin?

Could it be that you can echo the prayer of a Puritan:

My sin is not so much this or that particular evil,
But my continual separation, disunion, distance from thee,
And having a loose spirit towards thee.

Oh that we would be sensitive to our sin. Sin it not always the sheer act of committing sin but it can also include the omission of what we should be doing. When we are separated in heart, disunified with Christ, distanced from Him, or even if we possess a “loose spirit” towards Christ, we have sinned.

I am reminded of Deuteronomy 6:5 (which Jesus quotes in Matt 22) that we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and strength. When we fail to do this constantly and perfectly we have sinned.

So let us get on our knees, repent, and beg for God’s strength—enabled by the Sovereign and Powerful Spirit—to change. Let us not be separated, disunified, or distant from Christ. Rather, let us rejoin our hearts to His, unify our mind with His, draw near to Him with boldness and fear, and have a firm, tight, unified resolution in spirit to glorify Jesus Christ in everything we do.

You could sum all this up by saying: when we don’t have a God-centered perspective all the time, we sin.

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