It’s easy to get caught up in our flaws. These may include greed, lust, envy, pride, anger, and lots more. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul lists more sins than few care to think about. He calls out gossips, slanderers, God-haters, the insolent, the arrogant, the boastful, and loads more. He even goes on to remind us how we invent ways of doing evil. But there is a Sin (capital S), worse than all these sins listed that Paul is getting at. It’s the Sin under all our sins. It’s our rebellion toward our creator.
We want to decide what is good and what is evil. We want to make our own truth. We, the created, want to tell the Creator how things should be. We worship our truths over God’s Truth. We turn away from God and worship that which we create – whether physical, mental, or spiritual. All our sins stem from this big Sin. This is called idolatry. This is the rebellion led by Satan himself – where he whispers in our ear, “you will certainly not die.” But, oh, die we do….
Uprooted from God – the author of life – no longer nourished by His presence – we wither like a worm baking on the sidewalk. We exchange the truth about God for our own ideas of salvation. We run from one professional opinion to another seeking peace, happiness, and rest. We try diets, food, vitamins, exercise, work, relationships and more seeking to quench our souls that are cracking from the heat of the noon day sun. We squirm, thinking we’re making progress – a new job, a new book, a new relationship. Maybe, just maybe, we can escape the scorching pavement and make it to the cool green grass through our own efforts. Exhausted, we collapse. We’re resentful and angry at the One in whom we rejected.
We insult, mock, ridicule, and flat out deny God’s law. We think we know better than the uncreated One by which our very breath that utters the insults depends. In light of such rebellion, the prayer of Jesus amidst His crucifixion rings ever more loudly: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. As for those struggling to save themselves, the incredible offer of grace from the Lord Jesus Christ provides the only water that satisfies. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
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