So Long Sin!
Feeling a little low? Charge up here!
What’s Draining You? Open Apps!
Uh-oh. You know what this means. You’re about to be cut off! No Facebook, phone calls, Twitter, or texts. Terrifying! I hate to admit it but the truth is, I can hardly stand being without connection for even just a handful of minutes. I know – that’s pretty sad. Even sadder, If only I were as vitally connected to God through my day as I am my smartphone!
Sin Drains Our Spiritual Vitality
One of the biggest cell phone battery drains is too many apps running in the background. Apps we don’t even know about! And so it is with sin. If we’re not careful, sin runs in the background of our lives draining our spiritual vitality, watering down our witness, and in some cases, making us spiritually sick. In order to remain fully charged in Christ, we need to regularly be in check for open sin.
Julie is a dear friend that I had the privilege of mentoring when she was just starting her walk with God. One day she barreled into my living room with all this enthusiasm and energy and she very proudly announced, “I have no sin!”
I said, “Really Julie? No sin? You are sinless?”
“That’s right,” she said. “No sin.”
Once we took that statement apart, I understood what she meant. She meant she didn’t have the “BIG” sins. You know, those glaring obvious lifestyle sins that she turned away from when she became a Christian.
I think a lot of Christians in lukewarm America make this same rookie mistake. We rank sins. God doesn’t. We focus on and point our finger at all the big sins other people are doing and completely overlook the “little” sins in own lives. We need to remember, sin is sin and all of it compromises our connection with God.
Giant Slaying Prayers
If we want to maintain that healthy connection and vital union that Jesus describes in John 15:5, we need to pray. Pray giant slaying prayers like David, “Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts, and see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 (AMP).
If you’re like me, you’ll find you’re prone to certain sins. I’ve found it helps a lot to keep a short list of those things and review it regularly to keep you in check. My list includes things like:
? How was I unkind today?
? How was I fearful?
? How was I prideful?
? How was I selfish?
? How was I unloving?
? How was I dishonest?
? How was I preoccupied?
Now when you review your list and you see these things pop up in your day, get rid of them. How? Ask God for His forgiveness and in God’s eyes the penalty of your sin is gone; as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). But you might still have work to do.
The Ministry of Reconciliation
God may be calling you to the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18). Meaning, if you wounded or offended someone, pick up the phone or go to him or her, face to face, and make it right. Ask that person for their forgiveness (and restore whatever needs to be restored. Close it out. It’s hard and it’s liberating at the same time.
Now I know what your thinking. But what about what they did? What they did is between them and God. God wants us to be responsible for our part. Maybe my part was only 20% of the problem. Well in God’s economy, sin is sin. I need to clean up my 20%. When I clean up my part, I can lay my head down on my pillow at night and sleep like a baby! Free and light. Fully charged for God’s kingdom.
Don’t let open sin dim your light. And don’t go it alone. Get connected to someone further along in the faith and ask that person to hold you accountable. We don’t do that very much anymore and we need to. We’re told in James 5:16 to confess our sins to one another and pray for one another.
Start today. You’ll be amazed at the difference this will make in your life. Not to mention the lives of those around you.
And here’s the best part. I’m guessing that most of you, like me, hate being without your smart phone. So why not put it to work for you? From now on, every time you use it, every time you close out those extra apps, you’ll be reminded to close out those open sins. Get rid of what’s draining you completely!
Want to go deeper on today’s topic? Download the study guide to use in your devotion time or grab some friends and go through it together. Thanks for watching and don’t forget to share the joy!