When Sin Looks Better Than Jesus
Updated: Dec 2, 2019
I am so weak without my beloved Jesus. So so weak. A lot of times I forget this because I take so much pride in myself. This past week though, God used a variety of things to remind me again of just how weak of a person I truly am without Him. He was there with me the whole time of course, but God is a gentleman; He never forces Himself on anyone.
The devil has a way of making evil so attractive and enthralling to me. Whether it’s a fantasy in a movie that I wish was happening in my own life, or a selfish ‘the heck with it’ kind of attitude where everything is about me and my well being—I think about it, dream about it, and desire it. If I shut out God’s voice long enough, sin consumes me. I even catch myself praying for God to send it my way. Of course I choose to accept the devil’s lies over God’s truth, because evil is warm and inviting and God just seems, well, boring. All we want is to be entertained when the real show takes place when we begin thriving in Christ.
Scripture tells us not to love this world nor the things it offers us, but the craving of this world is like a 10,000 lb. weight on my shoulders and it pulls me down every single time I don’t come to the battle equipped. This must be how a drug addict feels towards drugs. And no matter how many times I’m proved wrong and shown how heartbreaking the aftermath of sin is, in a matter of time, I’m headed full speed towards it again. That's our humanly flesh for ya.
So yes I am a broken person. Yes I am weak. Yes I am only here by the grace and love of Jesus Christ so help me that I never forget it. However with God and His Spirit rooted in my heart, I am invincible. I can defy the gravity of sin that tries so eagerly to pull me down. I can say no and be genuinely content with my life no matter the circumstance.
And even though it may not always seem like it in the moment, God is always the best option. Don’t mistake the emotions and attractions you receive from people or the things of this world for love when that’s just all that they are—emotions that will fade. Jesus is love. He turned down His own life for us. Now let’s do the same.
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Romans 12:1-2 NLT