Deep title right ? Well, it’s certainly a deep issue and one that was, amongst other things, looked at in one of my BC lectures today. I’m currently working my way through the subject, ‘Jesus’ Leadership Style’ and when looking at the area of our sin issues, something was really revealed to me about a facet of going through these issues that can be quite difficult.
When we have a particular area of sin that we struggle with… let’s just look at gossiping for example, it’s best for us to recognise it as the weakness in us that it is, and then ask The Lord to break out heart for what breaks His, and in turn, give us a hatred of that sin. This is a great method if you really apply it, as you allow God to get into that area of your life, work on you and teach you how to change. (One of Jesus’ best styles of leadership… He didn’t just tell us what.. he told us how.. and gave us the power to do it.)
However, it can greatly effect your friendships and relationships in general. eg. If you liked to have a good ‘ole gossip sesh with a particular girlfriend, and that girlfriend isn’t on-board with your recognition of gossiping being a sin issue that needs God’s hand in changing, you’re going to end up with issues with that friend.
The Bible explains that relationships can have a powerful effect upon us. In 1 Cor 15:33 it says “Evil company corrupts good habits.” and on the positive side, Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend”
Looking more closely at sin issues, an illustration that was used today was of a house and how we can tend to have that ‘nice room’. In older style houses it was usually the front living room. That was where the ‘good’ furniture was, and the cabinets with the good crystal were displayed etc. We’d bring guests into that room coz it was always kept neat & tidy. The rest of the house could look like a bomb had gone off, but that room was always respectable. We can attempt to present ourselves to God & others in that way too. We’ve got a ‘front room’ that’s ‘got it all together’. … a bit like a Sunday selves and a Monday-Saturday selves. At church on Sunday we’re perfectly put together, quietly spoken, patient, dependable, loyal (& lots more complimentary adjectives), but through the week we’re a loose canon.
We need to allow God into all of our ‘rooms’ and allow him to do a Reno on us. Allow him into those back rooms, the ones we like to keep hidden.. the anger room, the selfish room, the gossiping room, the inappropriate room… or whatever your particular sin issues are.
Renos are dirty and dusty things… not pleasant to live through, uncomfortable, painful, pushes us out of our comfort zone and sometimes past our point of ‘I’m gonna lose it’. It’s the same when we allow God to do a reno on us. It’s not gonna be pleasant, but we know that God sees us as the finished product. He doesn’t see the peeling wall paper, sagging ceiings and tatty carpet… He sees fresh paint, beautiful ornate features and glossy polished floorboards.
I believe it’s also really beneficial to remember that God has a renovation shedule mapped out for our lives. We’ll never be completely done until we’re standing in His presence in Glory… and I for one want to let Him deal with my ‘rooms’ on this side of eternity. (even when it hurts a bit..or a lot). I know I always harp on about it, but this is just another important reason why we need to stay in constant communication with The Holy Spirit. We’re constantly ‘putting rooms onto our houses’ and new sin issues are going to come up for us, and we’re not always going to find it easy to let God into every room.
In Romans 7 Paul gives us a very encouraging word when he tells us : 7 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
Yes, sorry that the gold nugget was in the last line, but hey… it was a good read for you anyway. :0)
Another great illustration of how we can best be an effective Christ follower is to remember that we have the Power of Christ flowing through us, and when we allow sin issues to take hold of us, it creates ‘blockages’. The Lord will simply not be able to work in and through us with the most effective results while these ‘road blocks’ are there.
Ok peeps… I’m signing off for now. As usual, I could type on you simply ages. I’m continually blown away by how much I learn anew and am reminded of in each and every lecture or bible study session.
What I learnt or was reminded of today – I’m a living breathing construction site !! (PS. I wear a pink hardhat)
Scripture I’m soaking in today – Ephesians 2 :10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.