As a church planting pastor, my husband takes his responsibility of shepherding new believers seriously. So, it’s not glamorous, but preaching on sin just can’t be avoided. If we avoid talking about sin, how can we grow in our faith? Here is the truth:
Digging our own grave of sin happens one choice at a time. (James 1:13-15)
That’s right, we have the power and responsibility to make our own choices. When you order from an a la carte menu you select and pay for certain things. Choices a la carte is the same way, you are picking from a selection of choices, and you’ll probably end up paying for those decisions. So, how are you going to choose?
Bad Choice #1: Rationalizing sin – When you want too bend the rules, you do it in your favor. Yup, there’s your shovel and you have broken ground in digging your grave of sin. When you want things to turn out your way and tweak things so it benefits you, you are sinning to your advantage.
Bad Choice #2: Hiding sin – Seriously folks, we can’t be like Hannah Montana and have the best of both worlds. Going to worship on Sunday does not void out the fact that you’re an alcoholic, a thief, a hateful word speaker, or whatever the other six days of the week.
Bad Choice #3: Doing nothing about sin – You know you are sinning and you choose to do nothing. “It’s too hard to stop” or “Everyone else is doing it”. What, are you 5 years old? You can do something about your sin. The problem is, in order to do something, you need to acknowledge the sin and then do something!
Bad Choice #4: Getting caught in sin – At some point that flying low under the radar is going to catch up with you. People you love will be hurt. Are you prepared to hurt and disappoint them?
Bad Choice #5: Choosing to not break the chain of sin – You have the power and responsibility to make your own decisions.
It boils down to this: Satan is full of lies and God is full of love. Satan will tell you sinful things feel good. God will love you and wants you to turn from your sin into His embrace.
I have made these bad choices and if you are honest, you know you have too. They are enough to drag anyone down. Don’t feel beat down. Take some time to honestly recognize your sins. Think about your bad choices and in a couple of days, I’ll be back with the good choices which can help you break the cycle of your bad choices. Remember we have a loving and forgiving God, but we need to be honest ourselves.
Check out Choices a La Carte Part 2 here.