John Wesley said,
“Give me one hundred men who fear nothing but sin and love nothing but God, I care not whether they be clergyman or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon the earth.”
So I was thinking…how come the earth isn’t so radically changed? How come the power of sin still grips the earth?
The answer, I believe, is that there are so few of us who seriously fear sin. who have an accurate view of the danger and destructiveness of sin.
I think most of us are quite happy to play around with sin as long as it doesn’t get us in too much trouble. There are, of course, certain sins that would have negative consequences on our lives and so we have quite a motivation to steer clear of those.
However, there are so many subtle, small sins that we get so used to living with day by day. Yet they have tangled and infected our lives like pondweed till we cannot even remember what it was like before the pondweed was there. my desire is to take a much more serious view of sin. I want to stamp it out from my life. I want to recognise its damaging effects on my life, on my relationships and on my capacity to serve God.
You don’t need me to tell you what sin is. If we truly want to rid our lives of sin we will put ourselves under God’s microscope and ask him to tell us what needs to change. Then its just a matter of hating the sin that we find and doing everything we can to rid ourselves of the chains.