Living Apart From Sin
Doesn’t Mean You’re Above It
Personal Evangelism is paramount. Of all the things Christians do, this is the most important.
It is the reason we do anything at all.
You could say that Personal Evangelism is to Christian living what scoring is to football.
Football has many facets and every detail is carefully measured and monitored during training. Running speed, balance, toughness, reflexes, vision, discipline, upper body strength, and lower body strength to name just a few.
Offensive linemen are even tested for right-left eye dominance and attitude is an important factor for every member on the team.
But none of these details matter if the end result is not attained: points on the board.
How important a player is to the team has little to do with his raw ability and a great deal to do with how much he contributes to the team’s ability to score points.
To complete the analogy, winning souls in the Christian life is like scoring points in a football game.
The Bible clearly teaches that Christians will receive rewards in heaven and some people see that as a negative. They suggest we’ll be called out for doing sinful things. I don’t see it that way. I’ll share more about specific rewards just now but first a little perspective…
Let’s start with a fact. You will never change your basic nature. You will never be anything other than a sinner. There is no such thing as a sinless saint.
But that observation provokes a question. If no Christian will ever cease to be a sinner, why is clean living a worthy goal? If I can’t elevate myself spiritually why bother?
That question applies to everyone. Even the likes of Mother Theresa in her most spiritually sacrificial moments still grappled with a sinful nature.
The reality is you may find ways to live apart from sin but you’ll never be above it.
So, what’s the point? Why do we bother at all? That question has a two-part answer. [Read more…] about 1 Ultimate Goal For Every Christian