Happy Truthful Tuesday!
I hope you are all staying warm and safe with this huge storm hitting the Midwest! This week, I wanted to take the time to share something with you guys that’s been a little heavy on my heart lately.
I think that it can be very easy for us- myself included -to see some sins as worse than others. We think that our sin isn’t that bad because maybe we didn’t murder somebody, or cheat on our significant other, or whatever the case, and it leads us to elevate ourselves as better than the people that have done these “worse sins”.
Friends, this is so far from the truth. Every sin is equal. We are all equally separated from God by our sin. Just because maybe our sin is private, while other’s is public, God knows our hearts, and He doesn’t show favoritism- He loves us all the same, despite of what we’ve done.
For God does not show favoritism.
Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
I really don’t mean for this to be such a downer of a post, but I think that a heart-check is in order for us all, and it can’t always be sugar-coated with extra fluffy stuff to make us feel better about ourselves, because that’s not always the truth of the Bible.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
Sins are not just the things that we look at as “big and bad”. Sometimes it happens in your heart just between you and God. What if you had to tell your closest friends all about your sin? I’m sure they could do their fair share of judging. Please let this truth humble you. Let us not look at others as worse than us just because their sin has been made known to you.
When we look at sin, we tend to see a bar graph where we rate our own opinions of “badness” of sins. When God looks down from Heaven, He doesn’t see the manmade bars, He sees us all as equal, because we are all created in His image.
Thank God that sin isn’t the end of our story! God sent His beautiful and sinless Son to earth in the form of a human to die for every single sin. Every single sin. The sin of me, the sin of you, and the sin of ‘them’. None of us would earn Heaven by ourselves, we would all fall short of the glory of God. What a beautiful gift of grace He has offered to every single one of us. Go love each other. Go serve humbly, knowing that you didn’t earn anything yourself. Go and make disciples.
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
Have questions, comments, or just want to talk? Head on over to the ‘Contact’ page, and let me know what’s on your mind! We are not promised that our walk in faith with be easy or without controversy. This is one of those moments to take a step back and do a heart-check to see if you’re truly living out the gospel truth of love.