The Weight of Sin

Wouldn’t it be great, that at the moment of our first confession of Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we became perfect Christians, no more flaws, errant thoughts or comments, our actions faultlessly aligned and properly reposed, never sinning again. But wait that is me, I mean us, right. We live right, act right, heck, we are right, just ask my spouse. Well, I will text you the right time to ask her. Perhaps you remember a Monday night when Don Meredith responded to Howard Cosell of nuts and Christmas, could be you still remember your 1928 Literacy lesson reading a Chapter of Ifs. All harken back to Gottfried August Bürger (1747-1794) who originally said: Are you there, my old fox, with your ifs and your ans? But I need not remind you, they’re not pots and pans, else tinkers would starve, (as I learnt from my nurse;) still the answer shall pass, for it might have been worse. Only when if’s and buts are dollars and cents will we all be wealthy men. 

This old sod has seen only one who’s perfect, complete, lacking nothing. His name is Jesus Christ, His premise has come no matter your state, His promise is rest. Matthew 11:28~Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (NIV) Spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ this promise revealed was later unpacked by Paul who wrote to remind all Biblical readers in Philippians 1:6~There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. (MSG) Perfection is our aim, better today is our strive, hope for tomorrow is our promise of a bright future given in Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:8~If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (NIV) 

What is instantaneous for every believer at conversion is a complete work wrought in our lives through Jesus Christ when we repent, which is to turn from our sins and trust in Christ Jesus our Savior. However, this only the beginning of a journey through life and faith. Where believers are to grow spiritually as they mature in their faith. This is the spiritual process of sanctification. Though it seems more gradual for some than others. As great Bible preachers have for eons reminded their parishioners: It took just one day to get Israel out of Egypt, but it took God forty years to get Egypt out of Israel. It only takes God a second to save us, but a lifetime to mold us into His image. In Genesis 20, we discover that we never grow too old to sin. If you get discouraged because we are not a perfect believer, even after years of dutiful trying, then join me as we consider again the Life of Abe and the Weight of Sin: Identify, Register, Beware.


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