Sin is a huge deal.
We love our sin. We find it very difficult to leave it off. As a dog returns to his vomit and the pig returns to his slop, so does our sin pull us back.
Certainly people can get tired of the vomit and the slop, usually right after we indulge our flesh and feel dirty.
But the lead-up to sin and the momentary enjoyment of the sinful act is all pleasure. And it feels good. Really good.
Then there’s after, when you have to restore relationships, apologize, repair all the broken things, and clean up the mess your flesh made. We feel bad and we feel shame.
We vow to never do it again. Why would I sin again? Look at how miserable it makes everything.
Then the temptation comes again. Your flesh tells you there won’t be guilt this time, you deserve a break, you’ve been so good. Or maybe it tells you to not worry about the future, live in the now, man! All of a sudden, the gross thing you concluded you’d never do again, feels like it’s the only thing left in life to do. So you return to the vomit and the slop.
You will go through this process thousands of times.
Some, at this point, seek deliverance in the Gospel.
Unfortunately, the Gospel message most prevalent in our day will say, “Sin? Yeah, you shouldn’t do that, but you know what? Grace. Love. Jesus. It’s ok. You’re ok. God loves you just the way you are. Sin is inevitable; don’t worry about it. God expects you to do that.”
So, we go back to the not wanting to be in vomitous slop, to being tempted to be in vomitous slop that actually doesn’t look that bad anymore, to being in the vomitous slop, and finally regretting having gone into vomitous slop again.
But now we console ourselves that grace says this cycle is ok. Jesus died so I can live in this cycle until I die and then, because Jesus died, God won’t judge me for my vomitous slop of a life and I can go to heaven.
The Gospel becomes a thing that makes sin seem not so bad. This gospel tells you that vomitous slop really aint all that vomitous nor sloppy. Don’t worry about it; you’re human, you have to be vomitously sloppy.
But here’s the thing: The Gospel does not exist to tell you that sin is OK to do; the Gospel exists to free you from sin.
The Gospel doesn’t just cover up God’s eyes so He doesn’t see your vomitous slop. The Gospel takes you out of the vomitous slop, cleans you up, continues to clean you, and can actually set you free from the vomitous slop cycle.
It really can. Unfortunately, most people would rather stay in their vomitous slop cycle. It’s a sad thing to watch a person fight the Gospel. To see the agony of defeat and yet the pull is so strong, they can’t make a cut with the old and bring in the new of the Gospel.
The Gospel can deliver you from sin and make you a servant of righteousness. The problem does not lie with a powerless Gospel.
No, the problem lies within you. You don’t want to be a servant of righteousness; you want to be a servant of yourself. You’d rather stay in your vomitous slop that half the time you hate.
So you do. The Gospel is right there with all the power, but none of it will do you any good if you don’t want it.
Are you tired of the vomitous slop cycle? Do you want to be delivered from sin? Do you want to be equipped to do what is right and good and holy and just? The Gospel awaits your faith.