Any discussion about True Discipleship must include our sin problem. We had a sin problem before we accepted Jesus as Savior, and we still have a sin problem. It is and will always be a daily struggle.
Sin is not a light subject, and it’s not something to be dismissed with an “I’m only human” attitude. Its seriousness cannot be decided by comparisons with other people. Other people don’t set the standard. God did.
How serious is sin? Here’s what the Bible says.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans 6:23 KJV
That’s my paycheck for sin. Death. It matters not how I trivialize or justify or excuse my sin. God takes it seriously, so seriously that He provided a payment for my sin, His own Son. His death did a stop payment on my eternal death paycheck.
But what about after we accept Jesus as Savior?
God provides a way for us to be continually cleaned up.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 KJV
So since God has provided forgiveness for our sins then sin isn’t really anything to worry about, right?
Sin, confess, be forgiven, repeat as necessary. Easy peasy.
God’s continual forgiveness is a confirmation of our human weakness not a license to go on sinning.
Sin is self-centered. The call to become a true disciple comes from Jesus who said “Follow me.” My main obstacle in following Him is me. Your obstacle in following Him is you. We’re selfish people. Talk show host Brad Schmidt blogs at http://bradschmidt.net and wrote a really good post about selfishness.
Every sin I confess can be traced back to putting me ahead of others. Lust, greed, pride. The list goes on, but the root cause is the same. Me.
Dealing with our sin problem must go beyond confession. The Bible tells us to change.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2 NASB
Be transformed. Change. If I’m confessing the same sin today that I’ve confessed every day for the past five years, then I haven’t changed.
So the question is have I changed? Am I changing? What about you? We can’t be true disciples of Jesus unless we are transformed into the people He wants and expects us to be.
Is confession a crutch or a call to action?
By the way, that statement that “I’m only human” isn’t correct. As followers of Christ we have a human side and a spiritual side. We’re both. When we became Christians the Holy Spirit took up residence in us. He’s available to help us face and overcome temptation. But He’s a gentleman and will never force His way. We have to ask and be open to His guidance. We will never be transformed without His help.
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