I read something the other day that really, I mean really, made me think. It was about our own willingness to sacrifice everything we have in order to follow what is right, to be willing to walk away from the people who matter to us the most because we have compromised truth somehow.
So many of us spend our time procrastinating. Procrastinating to do homework, to go back to school, to start working out.
To turn back to God.
But procrastinating to turn away from sin is nothing to mess around with.
Hebrews 10:26 -“Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.”
Sounds scary, but I am using this text to point out that there is no excuse for sin- His sacrifice doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want and not face any consequences.
Shouldn’t we know better?
Hebrews 10: 36-39 – Endure, do the will of God and receive His promises. Live in faith and press forward.
Proverbs 5:22-23- Our sins trap us and lead us astray, and ultimately to death.
As Christians, we have to ask ourselves: “Have I turned away from my old, sinful life? What am I doing to show God I love Him? What am I doing to show the world what it really means to be a Christian?”
We can’t just stop progressing. We can never stop looking up. We have to abide in Christ and let Him transform us from the inside out. It’s a constant process.
The word of God reveals His character. He Himself has declared His infinite love and pity. When Moses prayed, “Show me Thy glory,” the Lord answered, “I will make all My goodness pass before thee.” Exodus 33:18, 19. This is His glory. The Lord passed before Moses, and proclaimed, “The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.” Exodus 34:6, 7. He is “slow to anger, and of great kindness,” “because He delighteth in mercy.” Jonah 4:2; Micah 7:18.
God has bound our hearts to Him by unnumbered tokens in heaven and in earth. Through the things of nature, and the deepest and tenderest earthly ties that human hearts can know, He has sought to reveal Himself to us. Yet these but imperfectly represent His love. Though all these evidences have been given, the enemy of good blinded the minds of men, so that they looked upon God with fear; they thought of Him as severe and unforgiving. Satan led men to conceive of God as a being whose chief attribute is stern justice,–one who is a severe judge, a harsh, exacting creditor. He pictured the Creator as a being who is watching with jealous eye to discern the errors and mistakes of men, that He may visit judgments upon them. It was to remove this dark shadow, by revealing to the world the infinite love of God, that Jesus came to live among men.” -Steps to Christ, p. 9
God has a love for us we can only begin to understand-Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15:13). We have a friend in Christ. He lay down His life for us. And in turn, as we grow to love Christ because of His love for us, nothing, not even death, will keep us from standing for Him, to choose what is right.
A love stronger than death.
Do we have that love? If not, why don’t we?
How are we showing our love to our Creator?