The List

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When you become aware of your guilt in any of these ways, you must confess your sin. (Leviticus 5:5)

Read: Leviticus 4:1-5:19, Mark 2:13-3:6, Psalm 36:1-12, Proverbs 10:1-2

Relate: What is your favorite sin? I don’t mean, which sin do you most like doing? I mean, which one do you most like condemning? When you see someone doing this, it just raises your ire. It brings that pointing finger up, the pitch and volume of your voice both increase, and you just rip into the offender… even if only in your imagination. For me it certainly wouldn’t be murder, if I saw someone doing that I would probably run in case I am next on their list. A couple popular ones are divorce and homosexuality. The later gets those placards and protests going and the former gives people a sense of superiority. That marriage “failed”. They just weren’t godly enough to keep it together, (smh). If we were a bit more honest, a lot of us would have to admit that the only thing separating them from those divorcees is that they just haven’t been caught. Or that their spouse is a whole lot more forgiving of all the… whatever.

So, seriously, what are your favorite reasons to point your finger at others if even only in your mind? As much as I would like to say I am not like that, there are a few things that come to my mind like the sin of voting for Don Trump. (Just joking, well sort of, OK not really) Know what sins didn’t make my list? Failing to testify in court when I witnessed something didn’t make my list. Touching a carcass didn’t make my list. Accidentally brushing up against something that makes me unclean certainly didn’t enter my mind. Making or breaking a stupid promise? Honestly, that is the only one from the Leviticus list that I can begin to understand even though it wouldn’t go anywhere near my top.

React: I actually had to read through that list in Leviticus 5 a few times before I started to grasp why the things on it were there. These are the things that require a sheep or a goat from all but the poorest of people and two turtledoves from them. That sacrifice isn’t for murder or adultery, sexual debauchery (in any of its forms) or exploitation of the poor. It isn’t even for “smaller” sins like lying, cheating, cussing or stealing. No, if I were to boil down this list into one word, it would be negligence. The sacrifice of a sin offering is required of those who have shirked their responsibilities to their community. It is required from those who have been careless in what they have touched, where they have gone, and what they have said. Negligence is a sin that God, in Leviticus 5, is saying He takes very seriously.

And I am guilty? Did I really need to see Deadpool? Was it in any way wholesome, godly, or uplifting? Did I really need to yell at that student who was getting on my nerves? And why did I fail to apologize to him afterward? A decent show ends on the television and it is followed by something a bit more shady. Why am I so spiritually and emotionally lazy that I can’t even change the channel or, better still, shut it off? Why am I so quick to focus in on that incoming text or notification to the detriment of my relationships with my kids/neighbors/friends? Am I getting legalistic? Is any of this really a big deal? Yes, it most certainly is. God, forgive me.

Respond: 

Dear God,
Please forgive me for my carelessness. Please forgive me for thinking those little things are no big deal. Help me to live my life with intentionality. Help me to remain alert, sober, and vigilant against the temptation of doing or saying those things that would be displeasing to You. Help me also to be active in speaking or going even in those seemingly smallest of ways in which I have a mandate from You to act. In everything, with every breath and thought, word and action, let me bring glory and honor to You.
Amen.

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10 thoughts on “The List

  1. I am going to stop reading your blog not because I disagree with you but because God uses you to cut me to the heart and expose my sin and my need of His mercy!

    Joking about not reading but deadly serious about the heart thing and my desperate need for His continuing, unending mercy and grace. Thank you

  2. Pingback: The List | Violet Soho

  3. Reblogged this on ChristianBlessings and commented:
    They say we use one finger to point at others and forget that three fingers point back to ourselves. Praying the Lord will help us decipher our state when that happens and to take the necessary action with no excuse.

  4. Greed and abusing power, both of which makes so many poor and even homeless. But relatedly, I’m concerned and pray about my own worries over finances, something I’m not supposed to indulge in.

  5. The sin that causes me the most trouble is denial. If we can get beyond denial, love can truly heal everything – even someday reunite us with those we have lost to death. It’s only when we say “Not my problem!” that love loses its power.

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