no one sins out of duty.
so why does one sin? why is there a struggle between that which is us, and that which is still us?
we sin when we are not satisfied with God. when our souls are not ‘satisfied as with fat and rich food,’ when we ‘remember you upon’ our beds. when the thoughts of God do not bring joy to us, when remembering His statues do not bring us joy, or stir us to obedience. sin does not merely come from breaking the law, but that we break the law because we do not love it. we do not see its value, and thus regard it as lesser, to the seemingly surpassing worth of heeding our fleshly passions.
this is not because such warning aren’t in the Bible, but because we don’t know how to fit them together with other thoughts about grace and faith and eternal security.
we nullify the force of Jesus’ words because our conceptual framework is disfigured.
our christian living is lamed by sub-Christian thinking about living.
this reminds me of a sermon i heard by Francis Chan, based on his book ‘Crazy Love’. He talks about how he looks at scripture, looks at his congregations, and is concerned that what he is seeing is not compatible with what the scriptures describe as true saving faith, and its resulting fruits.
how lightly have i taken the commands of Jesus? do i love His words? do i love His commands? what have i taken, what have i rejected – is this what a christian does? Matt 5:29 ‘If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.’
i have barely wrestled with the intricacies of scripture, and left my mind to rot with sub-par theology. give me grace and faith to believe and trust in You always, as i apply my body, mind, soul, and spirit to the study of Your Word.
what have You said? help me to listen closely.