Last night I started thinking about how each of us comes into this world. If you think about it, we all enter the world as addicts. We are all junkies and our “fix” is our sinful natures. We crave it. And the truth is that, apart from Christ, there is no hope for recovery from this sin addiction in our lives.
Have you ever looked at the sin in your life as an addiction that you need to recover from? Every one of us has had some experience with addiction. We have either experienced it first hand or we personally know someone who currently struggles with an addiction. At the very least, we’ve all heard stories of people imprisoned by an addiction.
Ultimately, what addicts need is to cease being controlled by their drug of choice. Have you ever seen that show Intervention? Addicts often need an intervention. They need truth in love to be spoken to them. They need to somehow recognize their desperate need for help and then they need to choose to drastically shift directions in life. They need to flee from their unhealthy habit and decide to seek help.
I believe the sin in our own lives (regardless of what it is) needs be taken just as seriously. We need people in our lives willing to speak truth in love to us. We need to make the choice to turn and run from sin, realizing that our very lives depend on it.
We need to stop entertaining sin. We need to stop flirting with it. Flirting with sin is kind of like playing a game of Russian Roulette. Sooner or later, one of the rounds is gonna do you in…you just don’t know which one.
Now… the good news! With Christ in our lives, we have the ability to choose whether we play the game or not. We have the ability to decide whether sin will be a welcomed guest in our lives or whether we boot it to the curb.
We can either sit with it or flee from it.
With Christ, we have access to all the power we could possibly need in order to say no to this sin addiction in our lives.
The choice is ours.
“Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.” (Romans 8:5-8 MSG)
“My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. ” (Galatians 5: 16-1717 MSG)
“So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.”(James 4: 1-10 MSG)