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The elephant in the room

What do gluttony, pride and laziness all have in common? Sin. They are all sin’s I have had to overcome in my life. Quite frankly I am still overcoming. I have, and only do I have, the ability to overcome those sin’s through Jesus Christ, period. Spoiler Alert: Jesus overcame sin, so can win. Do we believe this though? Are there those that don’t even know what sin is?

We have to first recognize that God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son. God loves the world. For those that are Christians, we can’t expect those that don’t know Jesus to live to a standard without first knowing Jesus. How can someone not live in sin if they don’t know what sin is. I haven’t found any gray area’s in the Bible. The Bible is very clear on what sin is. Once the world knows how much Jesus loves them and comes to the realization of Who Jesus is, then the topic of sin becomes much easier. Again, when someone doesn’t know what sin is, how can they realize the need to not sin. John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light sines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

Jesus didn’t ignore sin, in fact, He directed those He came in contact with, blessed and healed, to “sin no more,” but He met them where they were at first. He met their need first and once their need was met and they were able to see Who He was, they were able to see their sin and accept His direction to turn from sin because they had an authentic encounter with Him.

Jesus does love the sinner, that is why He came. Jesus does love the world, that is why He came. Jesus didn’t come to save the world for us to continue to live in sin and live however we want. Unfortunately, or fortunately, that is not how Christianity works. Christianity isn’t about us, it is about Him. When we see who Jesus is and understand that He loves us no matter what we have been through, no matter what we have done, calls us to Him and expects us to live in holiness, we see the need for Him. Sin then becomes irrelevant. You can’t abide in Jesus and live in sin at the same time, again that is not how this works. 2 Corinthians 6:15 “What harmony is there between Christ and Belial (Satan)? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from them and be separate, says the Lord’”

I believe God is calling us to come out from the “world” and be separate, to be HIS people.

We have a perfect God who is constantly perfecting us. The more I focus on Him, the less prevalent sin becomes. So why is it that I still struggle specifically with, gluttony for example. The reason the struggle is there is because I haven’t fully given that area over to the Lord. I have to deny myself, my cravings and my wants. We get caught up in that habit where we give up some of our sins but want to hold on to others. Living for Jesus means giving your all to him. So, the issue of gluttony has to be addressed in my life. I confess that to the you all, the reader, because I want you to know that we all have areas in our life where we need to submit to God.

My encouragement is this. When Jesus is lifted up and followed, sin doesn’t have the power over our lives. The question becomes, are we living for Him and seeking Him daily? It will take sacrifice. Luke 9:23 “Then he said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’”

The topic of sin doesn’t have to be an awkward conversation nor does it have to be an elephant in the room. The reason it is awkward, because when it is addressed it leaves us with one of two options, turn away and repent, or continue to live in sin. If you are reading this and don’t believe in Jesus yet have felt judged, Jesus loves you, you need to know that. And for those that claim Christianity, myself included, if we claim to live for and love Jesus we must turn away from sin, and turn to Jesus. This isn’t a perfection game we are seeking to play, this isn’t a game at all, but we are, as believers in Jesus, required to live holy. 1 Peter 1:13-15 says, “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”

Seek Jesus while He can be found, prepare for His return while we can and trust that He is big enough to perfect us as we overcome sin through Jesus Christ. Repent and turn away from sin. Jesus overcame the world, so can we, through HIM and HIM alone. No more elephants