Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Do We Take Sin Seriously??

I started a reading plan back in January where I will be reading the whole bible Old and New Testaments together over a year period.  I have gone through the books of Genesis and Exodus and am currently reading in the Gospel of Matthew and Leviticus.  One thing that has been so evident to me especially in the reading of the Old Testament (OT) books, and what will be clear when I get to Christ's crucifixion, is that sacrifice that atones for our sin is extremely messy!  With this, a question has surfaced in my heart.  It's not a new question, it's not a ground breaking question, it's an old question that I pray is life shaking.  Do we take our sin seriously?  In the OT the price/cost of sin was very close to the hearts and minds of the people and on top of that it was very messy process of atoning for their sin.  The price/cost was the life of one of their choice animals usually a goat, a lamb, or a bull.  This was no easy price to pay.  This was their livelihood it was a great price to pay for them.  Not only that, but it was crazy messy!  I don't know if any of you have watched the slaughter of any animal but saying that it is messy might possibly be an understatement.  During OT times the sacrifice of these animals took place in a very public place in view of the people.  It was a reminder of the cost and price of sin as well as just how messy things can become when sin reigns in our lives.  Later in the New Testament when Christ was sent to be the one time sacrifice for all times the requirements for sacrifice were forever met and satisfied.  I am forever grateful for His sacrifice and in my recent reading I am reminded of what it truly cost for my salvation and atonement!  It was the life of the Lamb of God it was the blood of a Choice Lamb!  A spotless Lamb, one without blemish!  But as soon as I say that, I find myself wondering if I truly take the sin of my life seriously?  Is the reality of the cost of my sin close enough to my life and heart where I am fully aware of it?  Do I see the messiness of what my sin has caused?  Do I realize that it truly was my sin that nailed my Savior to the cross?  Do I stand in the presence of my Lord in complete humility knowing that is only by His Grace that I have been saved.  Do I admit my sin and guilt before God or do I live a life as if God owed my salvation to me?  One of my favorite verses is Psalm 139:23-24 it says "Search me God and know my heart.  Test me and know my thoughts.  Point out anything in me that offends you God, and lead me on the path of everlasting life."  Is this the prayer of my life??  Is this the prayer of our lives?  Are we taking our sin seriously?  If our answer to these questions is no, I think we need to spend some time at the foot of the cross realizing the high cost of our sin and the great True Love that was poured out over us there.

crying out at the foot of the cross cause I know it is my sin that put Christ there,