The picture in this post is of my husband praying with a man downtown. He’s part of a prayer ministry that goes downtown on Friday evenings to pray with people. They wear T-Shirts that say, “How May I Pray For You?” They usually find people drunk, or homeless, or doing anything imaginable. They get stares and sometimes people yell at them. However, for the most part, they usually lead many people to Christ. My husband, as well as others in this ministry, admit it is very intimating – but they do it anyway. Why?
They probably do it because God loves us all and they want people to know the love of Christ. On the other hand, let us not forget, God does in fact judge our sin. So they probably also do it to save people from their sins. There is so much of a grace message out there today, we forget that God is not smiling down on our sins. People utter; “Hold on your breakthrough is coming”, or “God is putting you through this test for greater victory”. I see those types of phrases at least thirty times a week on Facebook. Does it ever occur to any of us that maybe our sin is causing the problems we have? When we do not really understand God’s judgement, we tend not to revere Him – and believe He will overlook our sin. Inasmuch as God is loving – He will also judge the sin we choose to live in.
Hosea 6:1 “Come let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces, but he will heal us; he has injured us, but he will bind up our wounds”. This is a verse of mockery. Israel was not truly repentant. They did not understand the depth of their sins. They did not truly believe God’s wrath would last long. They were only interested in what God could do for them. They had no desire to leave their idols and worship God alone. They would soon learn the seriousness of their sins as their nation would be taken into exile. Paul says in Romans 11:20-21 ” Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either”. The “natural” branches refer to the Jewish people or the chosen people. If God did not overlook the chosen people and their sins, why would He overlook ours?
God is wonderful! He is gracious, caring, loving, forgiving, merciful. He sent His son Jesus who is our redeemer, our deliverer – our savior. We have no reason to live a life of sin. Yes, we will sin. But we have no reason to live a life full of sin ignoring God’s love. The messages of grace are needed, but let us not revise God into our image. He will judge our sin. Even if we call ourselves Christian, He will judge our sin.I know these types of messages are not popular – but they are also needed. When we are not right with God, we are not right with others. If we are not right with others then we will see chaos unfold daily. If you know someone living a life of sin, pray for them today. If you are living a life of sin, repent, turn away, and live with Jesus Christ who will help you overcome your sins.
Romans 8:37 “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loves us”.