You know how you hear an amazing sermon or read something in a book that just sticks with you forever? Years later you remember the point, story, lesson, but you can’t remember where exactly you heard it.
That is where I am on this.
I heard or read this somewhere but I don’t know who do credit with it.
Here it is….
As Christians we pretty much know what is a sin and what isn’t. We know if we are doing wrong.
For example, we know it is wrong to have an affair.
We know it is a sin to lie.
We know God doesn’t approve of drunkenness……
But, what if we are just friends…..
What if I just didn’t say anything…..then I’m not lying, right?
I had seven drinks but I acted fine, and I made sure I didn’t drive!
Technically, “I didn’t cross the line”, we often say to ourselves, and others.
But, this is the point I remember, from the sermon or book that was so amazing that I can’t remember the name.
Pretend there is a line that if we crossed it we would be sinning……
And we moved toward the line, but didn’t cross it.
Our toes are right up to the line.
We are still moving in the wrong direction.
We are moving away from God, not towards Him. The closer we get to the line we are surely moving further away from God.
That just hit me hard. I may not be sinning yet, but by moving in that direction, even if I catch myself, or control myself, my heart is being pulled by the sin.
And I know me. When I am moving away from God it creates a domino effect. I soon become more selfish. I don’t pray as much. I begin to start trying to take control of my life back into my own hands. And then it pretty much goes down hill from there. Increased sin is inevitable!
I think we have to be honest with ourselves when we set this invisible line in our head. By establishing a line, am I moving toward God or away from God? And in the likelihood that you are moving away from God, be prepared to turn to Him in prayer, and beg for His mercy and grace, and to pull you back!