Once you profess to be a Christian, it feels like your life becomes an exhibition – open for all to view.
And sin, which I consider to be a private thing, can feel rather public at times.
There are many expectations of Christians and rightfully so. But we must remember that Christians are all sinners saved by grace. (Ephesians 2:8)
Until Christ returns, and we are changed into immortal, sinless beings, you must still contend with the sinner struggling to fit into Christ’s borrowed robe of righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10)
By no means am I advocating this as a reason to consciously continue in a state of sin.
But if I do fall short, it would be nice if it wouldn’t become public fodder.
It would be nice if you lifted me up in prayer instead of gossip;
It would be nice if you would remember that I have a family, just like you, who would be hurt by the video or picture that you’re about to broadcast;
Most of all, it would be nice if you would remember that it could just as easily be you in my position – sure the sin might be different, but the feeling would be the same.
Thankfully, in 1 John 2:1 (GNT) we are assured that, “If anyone does sin, we have someone who pleads with the Father on our behalf – Jesus Christ, the righteous one.”
What a blessing! What comfort!
So when I sin, don’t write me off just yet. Like anything of value, I’ll take time to perfect. I am still a work in progress.