Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. – James 1:13-15
The day we became a Christian will be a day we will always remember. It was a time in our life where we became ‘convicted’ in our heart that we were lost in sin and needed a Savior. It was like our life became an open book, the smoke cleared and we saw all the sinful ‘junk’ that it contained.
We became aware of where we were heading and things didn’t look too good. We were offered a solution and left with a decision to let Jesus step in and save us. We learned to pray that day and let Him in. Our life has been changing ever since.
Many have also had that choice in their life, but chose to ignore it and turn from His saving grace. I’m sure they have their reasons, but I imagine their decision was based on their view of their sin. Some may find joy in it and can’t see a better life without it or they simply don’t want to change. The Bible does say there’s pleasure in sin (Hebrews 11:25) for a season.
I believe the main point is what we think of when we hear the word ‘sin’. To some, it means the ‘junk’ that separates us from a relationship with God. To others, it’s just a list of the ‘dos and don’ts’ that people created to make life more complicated and to rob others of the ‘fun’ of living in a world that’s only temporary. For both, sin is a dirty three-letter word and involves change. Some people hate change.
Sin = Death
Let’s look past the word ‘sin’ for a moment. The majority of the world believes in God and that the Bible is the Word of God, so we will use it as the reference for what sin is and the consequences for it.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans 6:23
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. – James 1:15
The key word here is ‘death’. According to the scriptures, sin leads to death. Even though sin may have some pleasure in it, the end result will be death. Now, many will say, “We are all going to die one day, so let’s live life to its fullest.” Those that live by that philosophy have actually shortened their life expectancy.
Life can be eternal, which means forever, based on our decision of how we want to live. Living a life in sin is short-term planning. Go beyond that and look into this ‘eternal’ life that Jesus freely offers!
What Is Sin?
What is sin? That’s a very good question and it’s an answer that you will only find by reading the Word of God. Being a Christian is about a personal relationship with Jesus, not sharing and following the beliefs of others. The sin in your life is only revealed to you by the Holy Spirit living within you as an individual.
We will all be judged individually based on how we lived our life here as individuals. But, the key to knowing what is sinful in your life begins by knowing Jesus on a personal level by accepting Him as Lord of your life.
So many people like to point fingers at others by telling them the wrong in their life. They act like judges and their words become swords that attack people.
On the other hand, there are many that are quick to get offended when others try to offer them help in their spiritual walk. They feel like they are being judged and we all know that there is only one True Judge.
However, there needs to be a balance. As Christians, we are all here to help one another and should have the same purpose and goal. Our words should offer encouragement and build up the body of Christ – not tear it down. In all things, love should be the ‘spark’ for our actions.
When we understand that we all are sinners, we will realize that we are on the same team.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. – 1 John 1:8
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; – Romans 3:23
Are Christians Exempt From Sin?
Being a Christian means that your sins are forgiven. It does not mean that you will not sin. Actually by being a Christian, you have become an ‘open’ target for temptation to creep in and it creates a desire within you to commit a sin.
This is why it is so important to separate ourselves from the world and to get as close to Jesus as possible so that we can recognize the temptations.
When we choose to fall asleep at the Christian wheel, doors of temptation open up all around us. We need to be awake at all times and keep our guard up. We should stay in God’s Word, pray, and seek Jesus in everything we do. We are not ‘exempt’ from sin and we will fall short. But, that doesn’t give us the OK to give in to it.
Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. – 1 John 3:6
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. – 1 John 3:9
Here’s the deal! If you are claiming to be a Christian today and are doing the old things you used to do, you may want to do a self-examination. If the Lord has revealed to you that something in your life is a sin and you continue to do them, something’s wrong.
Stop! Get back in tune with the Lord’s will for your life – get back in His Word, get back in church, and get back in prayer! But most importantly, make sure you are saved! A ‘saved’ person will show a ‘changed’ person.
The ‘Flow’ Of Sin
According to James 1: 13-15, sin has a certain flow to it in the way it gets into our lives. If we know how the flow begins, we can recognize it and stop it at its source before it takes over.
It starts with temptation. We are all sinners with a sinful nature and we all live in a sinful world. Being saved means that we accepted Jesus into our life and that His sacrifice paid the price for our sin. It doesn’t make us sin-free. God does not tempt us with sin. He does not put temptations into our life to make us better Christians. These are works of Satan to prey on our weak flesh to destroy us; to make us worthless in spreading the Gospel to others.
The purpose of these temptations is to create a desire within us to act on. If we act on them, it becomes sin. When sin has ‘wormed’ its way into our lives, it takes over and leads us into the path of death. Temptation in itself is not a sin. It’s how we act on it. We have two choices – resist it or give in to it. Unfortunately, we are the ones left with the choice.
If we were to realize that our purpose is to lead others to Jesus, we would take sin more seriously. Our lives should reflect the One that saved us. When we start letting sin rule us, we lose our testimony and our witnessing abilities to the point that we appear to be no better than the lost. Our life no longer shines a light to the world.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. - Ephesians 5:8-10