Are you a dedicated, pious follower of Jesus Christ? Have you made the decision to give your life to the Lord and to walk in humility and gentleness and wisdom for the rest of your days? Great! Then that means you're also the most prone to arrogance, stubbornness, ruthlessness, selfishness and disobedience, more so than the rest of the world.Oh wait... I wasn't supposed to say that, was I? Yeah, I was. Basically, the reality of our salvation is this: there's a reason we need it. To paraphrase a good preacher that I heard recently,
"Mother Teresa once said that 'God doesn't give us anything more than we can handle, but he gives us as much as he can trust us with.' When I first heard this, I was so sick I almost lost my lunch. Of course God gives us more than we can handle! That's why we need Jesus! What need is there for Jesus if we can handle it without him?!"
Simply put, even though we may be 'born again', we need to get over ourselves. You and me are still wicked on a fundamental, natural level.
Want proof? You might consider the man whose hand etched more than half of the New Testament's content would be pretty good in comparison to yourself. And yet, Paul of Tarsus felt it necessary for him to declare, "For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin" (Romans 7:14). So...wait. The law is spiritual, and God's law is good! But... I am of the flesh, and sold under sin?You see, there is no point of spiritual illumination, nor biblical authenticity, which one may reach in which sin becomes a thing of the past.But I'm getting ahead of myself here. Let's take a second to define what sin really is. Miriam-Webster defines sin as:
a:transgression of the law of God
b:a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God
So, basically, sin is... not living up to God's law. It seems simple enough. Until you understand that God's law is that of holiness - defined as having the exact character and nature of God Himself. Here's what good ole Piper has to say about sin:
I only have two words to say: Ou, ch. How easy is it for us to take our salvation, our security in Christ, and use it as a scapegoat for our own personal arrogance, or worse, our own self-deceiving defense? When someone tells us of your sin, how simple it is for us to hide behind the grace of God as an excuse not to face our failings? You may say, "Well, this is between me and God. You don't have the right to judge me." Just so you know, if you think this, you're flat-out wrong. Paul actually argued that it's our responsibility to judge one another, as brothers and sisters in Christ, against Scripture(1 Corinthians 5:12). The reality is, it's our nature, our sinful flesh, that forces us to take refuge under the grace of God, and to "thank him until the day we're dead to the idol of our health," and it is our sinful nature that allows us to ignore the very ugly and very beautiful truth that you and I are ever increasing in our need for His grace.
I'll leave you with a last thought: "brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure"(2 Peter 1:10).