I feel compelled to call out a few people- a few people more than I would like to. These people are the hypocritical Christians:
The people who make fancy blog posts and YouTube videos.
The people who lead the fellowship groups and stand at the front of the stage during worship.
The people who are saved but paint an image of a perfect life in Christianity.
Your testimony comes through your victory, your job as Christian role model is to be real! Show people what it REALLY means to be a follower of Christ- the positives and the ‘Side Effects’. I can’t possibly speak on behalf of everyone, but I am quite sick and tired of listening to people who I’m sure to have a great love and burning desire for the work of God but don’t want to be open and real about it. Do not be ashamed of the past sins you have overcome.
Someone’s breakthrough may be hidden in the testimony you are too afraid to share.
As God’s children, you are to be bold, especially in your testimony. Fortunately, I do not hold any roles of responsibility in this field… I write about everything and I don’t focus my content solely on my relationship with God, so I hold no shame in sharing my sin and my testimony.
Rant over, enjoy reading guys, I hope this post makes you think twice about your actions.
None of us are saints. I’m sure we can all think of at least one time where we have intentionally fallen into sin. By intentionally I mean, you read your Bible in the morning and you listened to a message later on in the afternoon and both were warning you about attending a certain club event that you had already bought an outfit for, and you knew you shouldn’t go. But you kept telling yourself that you had no ill intentions. You convinced yourself that you were simply going there to enjoy yourself and so you went anyway. Best part, you told yourself it would be the last time, the exact same way you had done the last time. After all, yes, you may go clubbing everyone once in a blue moon, but you read your Bible, you still attend church on a Sunday and midweek service!
You’re already doing just enough, so a little fun won’t hurt every once in a while, will it?
You don’t need me to answer that question for you. There is no such thing as a little dabble into sin… Every time you think you’re just sticking your little pinkie toe into the pond, you get closer and closer to being submerged under 10,000 feet of sin-infused water just waiting to drown you.
Joyce Meyer puts it this way, every time you intentionally sin,
What we’re really saying is, “I know I’m making a wrong choice, but I hope I can get by with it”
Every year we laugh at the same outdated jokes that pop up on our Timeline: Clubbing Saturday Night, service Sunday morning. But there are just *purses lips to Mars* tooooooo many self-proclaimed righteous Christians that feel they are above such sinners because they are saved, yet still walk in darkness in other areas of their life in secret (clearly not that secret because I’m writing about you). Stop it. You are not any better. You have seen and experienced the light and STILL follow the ways of the world the way non-believers do.
THIS IS NOT AN ATTACK! I’m also guilty of this, a while back a non-believing friend of mine discussed something we had planned to do and at the end he smirked saying “See, you’re just as bad as me”, that was my wake-up call, let this be yours.
Here’s a passage from Premier’s Voice of HOPE :
It would seem that God is far more accepting of me than I may be of myself. While I live with the reality of my own prejudice, inner anger and the easy judgements I make of others, God sees the complete me…
There is no measure of balancing out your sin with good deeds. Don’t sin against God Friday night then lead evangelism Saturday morning and think you’re in the clear. God has one way: through His son Jesus Christ, “the way, the truth and the life”. Jesus teaches about love: love for your neighbour, love for yourself and love for your creator. One cannot love his creator and still love the sins of the world. But you already knew this, so why do you continue to intentionally sin?
[This is the part where you do some deep and meaningful soul-searching *cue the dramatic music*]
The good news is this: being saved means you battle with sin, you aren’t a slave to it. No matter where you are in your Christian journey you will fall into temptation every now and again. But I’m a firm believer that once you become saved, it’s a lot easier to fight temptation.
It’s worth reminding you that your sin is, in fact, a choice. Are you making the right choices?
“The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and SELF-CONTROL.” Galatians 5:22
At the fall of man many years ago, Grandpa Adam and Grandma Eve did what all of us do on a daily basis: they sinned. This gave way to the sinful nature being a part of us, hence why “I was born a sinner-yes, from the moment my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5), but the sins themselves are learned behaviours and anything that is learned can be unlearned.
Although we know that God views all sin the same, there are some that are harder to resist. So, start like you would when learning most things: start small. Think of the sins you feel you are more likely to control and make active choices against them.
Sometimes our intentional sin is a result of being unequally yoked with unbelievers. This doesn’t just apply to your spouse but your friendships too! Obviously, there are some relationships we can’t avoid in today’s secular society such as your professional relationship with colleagues. But set your boundaries from the onset and respect them yourself, then other people will respect them too. If this is something you are really struggling with, as with all things, pray about it. Read this post by Totally Tanisha for more on this topic.
Don’t get comfortable tolerating what you view as ‘moderate’ sins; your job is not to judge but to be obedient. God has not made a hierarchy of your sins, therefore, you shouldn’t either.
Your feet will slip on the path to righteousness, but are your slips intentional?
[This is our second pause for deep and meaningful soul-searching *cue dramatic background music again*]
You will never be perfect; don’t beat yourself up for not attaining this. But there’s always room for improvement, let God fill up those empty spaces!
“You are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the spirit, IF the spirit of God lives in you.” Romans 8:9
Extra emphasis here on the word IF! Working against your sinful nature and the temptation it brings is not supposed to be a passive action. You need to be proactive in your decisions and nurture the spirit of God within you so that the ways of sin have no place.
Learn never to be ashamed of your sin or afraid to ask for help, none of us is perfect. We should strive to help and inspire our brothers and sisters in Christ, building them up not putting them down. If there’s a sin you’ve wrestled with alone for too long, ask someone to help fight on your behalf.
Finally… The End
To bring what has become yet another long post to an end, I just want to encourage you to have the strength and faith to break free, to accept your faults and make a conscious effort to correct them. Stay blessed!
Before you go, I’d like to steer you towards Nia Cerise, a young woman I admire for the transparency in her testimony and her burning desire for God, check out her blog here.
PS- I am NOT a preacher, I just have a whooooooole lot to say!