Recently I posted about what life is like for the unsaved and the burdens in their life that they carry to include the burden of trying to enter into the church. Last night at group this discussion was brought up again, specifically about the hurdles that Satan places in the paths of people when they are trying to reach the Lord. We, as Christians, must never forget that Satan wants nothing more than to have people follow him and worship him. As a result of this desire he does everything that he can to keep people from God whether it is by keeping them busy, scared, indifferent, or otherwise. I posed the question last night in which I wondered if there was ever a point where people are so far that they no longer hear the voice of God telling them to turn around. Reflecting back we were able to conclude, at least in our own lives, that we were always at least mildly aware of God speaking to us whether we recognized the voice of our Father at that time or not.
Another point of interest was the thought of fear or rejection that seemed to be a common feeling. Fear and rejection can come in many different forms. They can come in the form of thoughts and disillusionment and unfortunately some are actually done by the church body while others yet come from the world who is telling us that we are not enough. As human beings we have a funny way of trying to justify ourselves by comparing ourselves to other people either by condemning others or by condemning ourselves. Often times we look at the sin in our own lives and then compare it to someone who has more sin and we are happy that we are where we are at. This can be and is often times used as an excuse not to change. Other times we look to others and the lack of apparent sin in their lives and we become envious or we have feelings that we will never be good enough because there is no way that we could ever be as good as that person. Luckily for us “good enough” has never been a requirement, for we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and as Christians we have been justified by the redemptive work of Jesus Christ who shed His blood to pay for our sins (Romans 3:24-25).
Sin is sin no matter how big. Certain sins seem to be greater than others such as murder, but sin separates us from God no matter how great of sin we view it as. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death.” It does not specify death as being confined to those who murder, commit adultery, steal, or even curse. Paul simply says that the wages of sin is death and it includes all sin from the smallest to the largest. So the next time that you start comparing yourself to someone else remember that we all fall short, the only difference is whether or not we repent of our sins and ask for forgiveness from our Father.