Sin separates us from God. Deliberate, intentional sin separates us from God, even if we call ourselves a Christian. Jesus came and died to save those who really choose to follow Him, not those who simply say that they follow Him. You cannot fool God, He knows if you have really chosen to follow Him or not. If you have been lying to yourself and to God, then it’s time to stop because the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). It is true that we all are sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23), but there is a huge difference between intentionally choosing to sin and falling into temptation. The first is a deliberate choice not to follow God while the second is an inadvertent choice not to follow God. Both are choices and both are forgiveable, but to be forgiven requires a sincere repentance of sin of which the deliberate sinner cannot rightly do unless they have a change of heart and see the error of their ways.
Sin in running rampant, both intentional and unintentional, and the reality is that sin brings about death even unintentional sin. Unintentional sin that has been repented of does not denote an eternal death like unrepentant sin, but it still causes immense damage. There is no such thing as a sin that does not cause damage to us and the more that we sin the more harm we bring upon ourselves and if we are not careful we will wake up one day and realize that we are not really following God at all and have completely surrendered to sin and have chosen to follow Satan. There is no middle ground when it comes to life and death; you are saved or you are not, either you are a child of God or you are a child of Satan (1 Jn. 3:9-10), either you are alive or you are dead.
Now I know that I have been on this whole child of God or child of Satan thing for a little while now, but it is hard pressed on my heart right now and I cannot ignore it. You see Jesus came to lay down His life so that anyone who would call on His name, repent of their sins, and choose to follow Him would have life. Did He lay down His life for nothing? Clearly not, otherwise we would not be here right now. So why did He lay down His life? He did it so that we could have life. He did it so that we could have life in abundance by choosing to follow Him (Jn. 10:10), but that means that we really need to follow Him otherwise what is the point?
I have taken Jesus for granted in the past and I regrettably would say that I still do on occasion and for that I am deeply sorrowed. I long to know how much Jesus loves me and how much He loves you and what I know is that the more closely I follow Him the more I know His love. He loves us so much and longs for us to know it, but He will not force His love upon us. He will not force us to follow Him. He will patiently wait for us and He will be grieved when we choose to follow Satan over Him, but there is hope for us if we simply choose to follow Him. This does not mean that we need to do everything perfectly because that is impossible. What it means is that we must fully acknowledge and realized just how sinful and lost we are without Jesus and how much we need Him to intercede to the Father on our behalf (Rom. 8:34).
There are so many people out there who are basking in sin and so many who have completely given up hope that their life could ever be different than it is and it grieves my soul. I see these people and I am at a loss, I want to help but the only thing that I can do is to share Jesus with them and put the ball in their court; they have to be the ones who choose to follow Jesus and to submit their lives to Him. You and I cannot save the world, but we can help to bring them to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and then help them to grow in Him and learn to follow all of His commands and to encourage them to share Jesus with others. This is the Great Commission, this is what we are called to do. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age (Mt. 28:19-20).”
You have a choice to make today, right now. Do not put it off for another moment. Do you choose to follow and love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind or do you choose to believe Satan’s lies and follow Him. You are the only one who can make the choice. God does not like lukewarm Christians and He spits them out (Rev. 3:15-16), He wants us to be all in and hot in our faith and obedience. Will you choose to be all in? Will you choose to follow the living God who created all things in heaven and earth or will you choose to succumb to the lies that Satan is shelling out? The choice is yours. Choosing to follow God will make a visible change in your life, if it doesn’t then you need to examine whether or not you have really chosen to follow God. I pray for your sake that you choose to give Him everything that you have. Let’s join together and help to start making a positive difference in a world that is being overrun with sin with no regard for any person. Let’s join together and show and tell the world about what Jesus has done for us and wants to do for them.
Father, thank you so much for your abounding grace and love for us. Father, thank you for your patience. Do not let your patience runout on us Lord! More people are coming to join you that have chosen to follow you with all of their heart. Father bless them and strengthen them. Fill them with your Holy Spirit and empower them to do mighty works in the name of Jesus. Do not turn away from us Lord, there are still men and women who are ready to give you all that they have and to stand up and fight against Satan. Be with us Lord, encourage us, gather us together, show us where you need us. Forgive us for our complacency and help us to do better every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.