To sin means literally to miss the mark. When we consider this, we must consider that there are only two marks, one is Jesus, and one is Satan. With each thought, each word, each action, we draw closer to one of the two marks. The question that we must ponder is, which one are we drawing nearer to? With each thought that we have, with each word that we speak, with each action that we perform, we must truly question, are we becoming more like Satan or more like Jesus in so doing?
When we begin to see things from that perspective, we will no longer wonder whether we can or cannot listen to a song, or watch a particular show or movie. Can we imbibe this or partake of that? No, the question will no longer be, what can I get away with? The question will become, “is this making me more like Satan or more like Jesus?”
To sin means to miss the mark. Jesus doesn’t expect any of us to be fully perfect in this life. We’re all messy people and we will all make mistakes. The goal isn’t to be perfect, but to be going in the right direction. To aim for perfection in Christ through His grace, and then if we miss to recognize that, repent, and confess our sins.
No, He doesn’t expect us to be perfect, He expects us to abide in Him, to obey Him, to follow Him. No, He doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but He expects us to be growing in Him, fully maturing in His ways. To grow more like Christ with every moment, with every breath that we take. That is the goal of the Christian walk, “Christ formed in you.” So, with each action, we need to meditate on, which mark are we aiming for? Which mark is this thought, this action, this word, going to make me more like? Who are we truly following, seeking to be like?
And when our goal is Christ, we may not attain to that level, but we at least get a little closer each time. We miss, we repent, asking, “Lord have mercy,” get up and begin again. But each time we get a little bit closer to the mark, which is our beloved Lord, Jesus.
May the peace of the Lord be with you, my beloved family.