One of the greatest misunderstandings of salvation stems from believing we have to understand everything there is to know about sins against God. Through misguided teaching of times past, false perceptions, or erratic misconceptions of God’s grace, we may have fallen prey to mechanically trying to line every single domino up so as to systematically knock down every conceivable doubt of theological connection with Christ. We could place ourselves in a locked, padded room for weeks upon end with no television, no books, and no literature of any kind, no visual stimulation whatsoever and still be guilty of sinning and falling short of God’s glory on a daily basis. It’s our nature! Because God’s ways are so much higher than our own, it would be preposterous to think we could completely know all there is to know about the mind of God. I cannot fully appreciate God’s righteousness simply because he and I aren’t on the same page, intellectually speaking. And, yet, because of His infinite wisdom He can absolutely acknowledge my sinfulness because He made me!
I may find this truth un-nerving, but I can never question its veracity. It is what it is. If I believed that I needed to acknowledge every single sin I committed on a daily basis, I’d never get anything done! I’d be sitting in a chair around the clock making a list of all the things that were keeping me from enjoying all of God’s blessings, including the sin of unprofitable, blatant idleness! That doesn’t sound like grace-filled living to me. It sounds like solitary confinement. Are you going through life keeping a list of all the things that separate you from God? If so, make sure you add “needless mind-numbing pursuits” to your memo book. That ranks right up there with work-oriented grace.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.