From Pastor’s Desk: 6-14-15
John 8:34 (NIV) Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
Nothing to add to that one, except that there are those are living with sin in their lives who think they are not. Sadly, they don’t even realize that they are in slavery. Like God’s people who were delivered from bondage long ago, we today sometime fall prey to the thinking that, “Life is so difficult. If I could just go back to Egypt, at least there is food.” Only problem with that is Egypt was their taskmaster, where they were overwhelmingly and increasingly burdened with harsh tasks that kept them from worship to God. That’s what sin does; it keeps one away from God. Yet, time after time, that’s where we want to go when the way gets hard, back to our old way of life.
God never said that the Christian life would be easy, but He did say He will be with us every step of the way. He didn’t say there would be no rain, but He did say it rains on the just as well as the unjust. He didn’t say we would not face adversity, but He did say He is our refuge, a very present help in time of trouble. He didn’t say that we would live forever on this earth, but He did say that He would (and did) make a way for us to live forever in heaven. He didn’t say that we never lose friends or have people turn against and away from us, but He did say that He will never leave us or forsake us. He didn’t say that we will never tempted to sin after salvation, but He did say that we will never be tempted beyond that we are able to bear.
Been delivered from sin? Don’t go back! On the way to heaven? When the way gets rough and long, don’t look back to “Egypt” and long for the “Leeks and garlic.” Remember, that was your diet when you were in sin. That was your lot when in sin. You are no longer that person. Continue to go forward, no matter the difficulty and adversity. Oh, and by the way, He didn’t say that we could not make it, but He did say that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!