What is Sin?
Last week we had Vacation Bible School at our church, and the children were asked if they knew what sin was. You can imagine the wide range of answers you might get from 4 –year-olds through 5th Graders. I have to admit, most of the answers were pretty good. They ranged from stealing, lying, being mean to not sharing, or caring for others and not loving God the most. Not bad huh?
Have you ever Sinned?
But what struck me odd was their answers to the follow-up question. The children were asked if they have ever sinned. One of the first children to answer was so excited they shouted out proudly, “I have only ever sinned two times. “ I kinda chuckled, and our teachers were sharp enough to know to spend some time in their small groups helping the children learn more about what sin is and how it separates us from God.
What Sin Does
I believe that most of us know what things, activities, attitudes, and vices are displeasing to God, what we would call sin and we know that those don’t improve our relationship with God. As the children learned in VBS, sin blocks our relationship with God. But our problem is not always our lack of understanding what sin is; it is our acknowledgment that we all sin, and the gravity of what that sin does to our relationship with God.
The Cost of Sin
I don’t know about you but I am pretty good at convincing myself or rationalizing some of my less than pleasing attitudes and choices, and I am pretty quick to give myself a pass on the “little sins.” But then, I remember the incredible cost of All Sin (see Romans 3: 23, & Romans 6: 23) was the death of God’s own Son, Jesus. And after Jesus was resurrected, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in in our hearts and minds and to not only give us the power to share the love of Christ with others but to prompt our hearts to change (stop sinning) and be more like Him (Jesus).
Confession is a wonderful place to experience the grace that is given freely by God to us. Don’t miss the benefit of the work that Jesus did on the cross for sin, by not recognizing the sin in your own life. Take time today and examine your heart and mind and ask God for forgiveness and the strength and power to be more like Him in all you do say and think.
Lori Ferguson serves as Children's Director at NUMC, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not planning or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids. Read more about Lori here.