This year I chose a devotional book that deals with a topic for a month at a time. This month’s subject is Sin. We have to decide what we mean by sin in order to talk about it. We know taking another person’s life is a sin. We also consider taking something not belonging to us a sin. It has been referred to as missing the mark, or falling short.
Several years ago I participated in a weekly women’s Bible study. One of the areas we discussed was ‘Christian’ sins, those little attributes we have that we excuse or overlook.
One of our former pastors had a little chorus he sang. “My sin is better than your sin. My sin is better than yours. My sin is better than your sin. My sin is better than yours-because you don’t know what mine is.” We all chuckled when he sang it. But we knew sin is sin and it is not good.
Preachers remind us, if we have sin in our lives, God won’t answer our prayers. Scripture tells us to confess our sins to one another.
Eight years ago, I had the opportunity to substitute for our then pastor on a Sunday morning worship service. I spent quantity time going over my life checking as to whether there was sin present. Originally, the service was to be a small service. The conference had it’s annual Family Camp Sunday on that day. Several of the members planned on going for the day. One of the men of the congregation died. His calling hours were that Sunday afternoon. Those who planned to go across the state to the camp changed their plans and attended church as usual. I’m thankful I spent the time searching my heart as a part of my preparation.
As a writer whose aim is to write for God, I believe I should live as close to Jesus as I can. One way I can reach this goal is to have a vital relationship with Him, through daily prayer, devotions and Bible study.