Sometimes, people will accuse me of not taking sin seriously enough. I believe following Christ is the best way to live… period. That’s what I talk about most… what a good thing it is to follow Christ. I don’t talk as much about the issue of sin.
Oh, I’m aware of sin. I deal with it in my own life. I understand, from my life, from the lives of my friends and from the world we live in what sin does and how it destroys lives. I know all too well about sin and its consequences.
I just would rather not think about sin all that much.
Here’s why. I believe what you think about becomes what you desire. What you desire becomes what you do and what you do becomes who you are (see James 1). As I have confessed before, I LOVE Oreo cookies. But if I spend my time thinking about how I’m NOT going to eat an Oreo cookie, I’ll lose that battle every time.
I just think about something else.
In the 4th chapter of Philippians, Paul reminds the young church of this very point when he writes:
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things
This is what worship does. Worship holds up the vision of the Risen Christ before us. Discipleship is the process of adjusting our lives to that vision of Christ. He is what we think about. He is what we meditate on.
After all, what – or rather WHOM – you think about, sooner or later, becomes who you are.
So, what are you thinking about right now?