It isn’t what you do, it is who you are.

By jreighley - Last updated: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

I believe that in many cases we look at sin as something that we do.  Certainly to a degree this is true, but it is a rather incomplete picture of the whole story.   Sin is more than what we do, it is who we are.

If we narrow our understanding of sin to our actions we will always wind up with a variation of this answer:

STOP IT! is a massive oversimplification.   Why?  Because defined by more than just what we do.   We do what we do because of who we are.

I liken sin to this:

You could not tell the bridge to STOP IT! and expect it to be fixed.  No, some major re-engineering had to be done, or the inevitable would always be inevitable.

Thus it is with the human heart.   If it is tuned to the storm of lies around us,  we will fall into rhythm with them and they will cause us to tear ourselves apart.   “STOP IT!” is yet another lie..  That you are able to withstand the torrent on your own.

Worship is the source of the re-engineering of the heart.  We take our focus off of the lies, and we tune our heart into what is true.  We harmonize our heart with the prince of peace, we march to the rhythm of Shalom.   Once you are in tune with God’s peace, you will “STOP IT!” not because of white knuckles and hard work, but because that isn’t who you are anymore,  because you are a new creation.  Because earthly desires are seen for what they are — Shallow and unfullfilling.

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