I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them. (John 13:16-17)
Read: Ezra 4:6, 6:14-22, Esther 1:1 – 4:17
Relate: There are actually two different categories of sin but it seems as though only one kind is all we ever talk about. Sins of commission get all the glory. Everyone talks about “don’t do this”, “you shouldn’t do that”, and “we need to avoid doing the other thing”. It isn’t just hogging all the talk. Sins of commission monopolize our thought time too. If I were to ask the question, how have you sinned recently, wouldn’t you begin thinking about the things you did that you shouldn’t have? Maybe its the cruel thing you shouldn’t have said. Maybe it was that thing you should not have looked at late last night. Maybe it was… whatever it was you did.
Sins of omission are a bit more sneaky. While commission sins like to steal all the glory, devious omission tends to prefer flying under the radar. I think it is because it is a lot safer to talk and think about what we are doing but shouldn’t than what we aren’t doing but should. It takes a lot less investment in time, money, or heart to stop doing something than it does to start. But if you know what you should be doing, there is no greater reward than to actually do it. It is not safe. It is not easy. It is necessary.
React: So on what actions in our lives do we need to pull the trigger? What is that one thing that we know we should do but just haven’t been doing? Why not? Maybe it’s a security issue. There is a fear involved in stepping out in that direction. Maybe its a matter of social consciousness. What will people think of me if I do that. Perhaps its a lack of urgency. I know I should be doing that and eventually I will get around to it, I just need to do this first. Perhaps it is simply a matter of procrastination. Why do something today that you can put off until tomorrow? Whatever the reason or rationale, it is high time we stop sinning and start doing.
God, I am Yours. The thing is, it would be so much easier to be Yours if that didn’t require actually doing something. The problem with being a follower of You is that it means I have to get up and start walking. All too often I simply find myself sitting on the sidelines. That’s sin. I acknowledge it and beg Your forgiveness. Help me to get on my feet and start moving. Help me to get up and do it. Help me to be a follower of You.