This morning, I pondered sin, and asked myself to define the word. Sin is disobeying God, who calls us to love him and our neighbors. I sin every time I place my needs over the needs of others. I sin every time I choose what I want to do over what I feel God calling me to do.
As Christians, we live in the Kingdom of God. He is the king, and we are his people. Every time we disobey his commandments, we commit treason. In most countries, treason is a death penalty crime. Lucky for us, Jesus died on our behalf. However, that doesn’t let us off the hook for our crimes. Judgment Day still looms in our future. Judgment is not just about whether one merits heaven or hell, it is also bearing full witness to the extent of our crimes.
I want to stress here that I am not talking about whether one is saved or not. My focus is on striving to live the Christian life more fully. This means being aware of sin, working with the Holy Spirit, and learning to better respond to Jesus’ death in gratitude and joy. The Christian life is a journey. It is a journey that must be taken with an ever growing humility. It is a journey where we sometimes find ourselves going backwards, but then leaping forwards.
Spend some time with the Holy Spirit today asking him to help you see where you are committing treason. Ask for his forgiveness, and thanking Jesus for all he did on your behalf. Do not be afraid or glum if you find his insights taxing. We are human. We are loved. It’s just that he longs for us to join him; to be united with him; to be consumed by his love. We cannot achieve this all in one lifetime, but we can make substantial progress. It is our duty as a baptized Christian to keep striving, keep confessing, keep on learning to love more and more.