May I take my sin more seriously.
So often I don’t view it as being that big a deal. “Oh, it’s just a little bit of fear of man…I was kind of proud…I was just a little jealous…some slight discontentment…got a little hot under the collar.”
I think that often I don’t take my sin as seriously as I should because I view it in terms of its effect on me. It hinders me, it makes me unhappy, it hurts me.
God stood David on his ear when he spoke through Nathan the prophet about David’s sin:
Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? … because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah… Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord… (2 SA 12.9, 10, 14).
David’s sin of adultery was horrible because of what it did to Bathsheba and Uriah her husband. It was horrible because of the consequences it would have for David and his family. But the worst thing about his sin was that it was despising God, the God who had blessed and prospered David so much.
That “little fear of man” is despising God’s word.
That “slight discontentment” is despising God.
All sin – even “small” sin – is scorning the Lord.
May we see our sin for what it is and vigorously hate it. May we hate every sin, even those that don’t seem that blatantly foul. And may we continually appropriate the mighty power of the Holy Spirit to put sin to death and run hard after God.
photo by Prof. Jas. Mundie