I read an article yesterday pertaining to words Christians use, which most folks don’t understand – words like sanctification, justification, redemption and little words like behold, blessings and sin. These words apparently aren’t on the minds of those in the world and furthermore, they carry no clout anymore.
Sin was a word introduced to me at an early age. I heard about it in church. I was taught the Ten Commandments. They became engrained in my mind. Sin means doing something against God’s authority and His expectations of us. As I memorized those words, I realized that there was no way I’d ever be able to keep those rules.
My childhood years as a Christian, filled me with the fear that I was going to hell and there was no getting around it. Thankfully as I continued to study God’s Word, I began to see that all was not lost. God provided the way for me to get to heaven and it had absolutely nothing to do with me. His own Son, Jesus, became a man and took every one of my sins to the cross.
It startled me that this three letter word is almost nonexistent in our world today, but then it explains a lot, doesn’t it? If we don’t believe that we’re sinners, there’s no need for a Savior. There must be a balance in what or pastors preach. If they expound only on the wages of sin, there is no hope. We desperately need to know that there is a way out. That way doesn’t cost us a cent. It’s freely given to those who believe.
Words come and go, but a word like “sin” should never leave our vocabulary. It’ the one word that reminds us how much intervention we need from the only One who can give it.