Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about sin, and what it truly means in my life. My pastor once used an illustration of a newborn baby to describe it. This newborn was beautiful, loved by his parents and family, wrapped in a delicate soft blanket. He had ten perfect fingers and ten perfect toes, perfect little ears and the sweetest little button nose. He was visibly a picture perfect baby. And, yet, you know how he described him? He said this newborn baby was a “little bundle of sin.” How many of us think of babies that way?
Yet, it is true. That little baby will grow up and sin. It’s innate. He can’t help it. We are all sinners. Every one of us! We all fall short of God’s glorious law. Whether it is bitterness, anger, selfishness, gossip, impatience, or criticism you struggle with, these are all sin. I struggle with many of these in my own life. However, I am thankful that God has kindly nudged me and shown me when I need to repent of my sin. Maybe you need this reminder today, too.
The definitions of sin according to merriam-webster.com are the following:
An offense against religious or moral law; an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible; an often serious shortcoming; transgression of the law of God; a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God.
This last one is the one that speaks most to me. “A state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God.” Ouch. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be apart from the love and forgiveness of Lord. I want to live my life hand in hand with the Lord of the Universe who created me in my mother’s womb, knows the number of hairs on my head, loves me enough to die on a cross he did not deserve, and made me for his purposes.
As we continue reading in 2 Corinthians, the truth revealed is good news for us all!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. ~2 Corinthians 5:17-19 NIV
(Feel free to look up this verse in other translations. The NIV specifically mentions sin, so I thought it appropriate here…)
The Good News is that God forgives our sins! God sent his one and only Son to bear our sins so that we could bear His righteousness! It was the ultimate switch in positions. God treated Jesus as if he had committed sin – all of our sins – and treats believers as if we have only done the righteous deeds of his sinless Son, Jesus. How does that even make sense? Why would He do that for us?
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 6:23
God is the ultimate “Gift Giver.” He is filled with lovingkindness! We are his chosen ones! We are forgiven and reconciled with the Father and Creator of the Universe. Thanks to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior! Each of us is called to repent of our sins and leave the old behind. We are new creations in Christ Jesus.
You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you. ~Proverbs 28:13
From that time Jesus began to preach his message: “Turn away from your sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!” ~Matthew 4:17
Do you know Him as your personal Savior? My hope is for you to know and believe that it is never too late to come to God. Confess your sins before him and he will meet you right where you are. You don’t have to be perfect first. You don’t have to fix yourself until you think you are good enough to come to him.
Remember that God wants us to be reconciled to Him through His Son, Jesus. God accepts us just as we are – broken messes and shattered pieces. He has chosen you and He offers new life – you are a new creation in Christ.
Take some time for prayer and worship. Thank the Lord for His amazing gift!