Something I come across a lot in my discussions with people is a preoccupation with figuring out what’s a sin.
I get it in counselling sessions with people.
When hanging out with friends.
When doing Q&A sessions after preaching.
In emails from strangers on the Internet.
People seem obsessed with figuring out what is a sin or not.
It’s kind of funny though.
It kind of reminds me of the young Christian couple asking “where’s the line?”
What are they really asking?
“How much can we get away with before we get married?”
But I’ve personally never met a couple asking “where’s the line?” that didn’t cross the line they set for themselves eventually.
Because it’s the wrong question.
Just like asking “is this a sin?” is the wrong question to be asking yourself.
You see, when you try to figure out what is a sin or not you are focused on the wrong thing.
You will never live a more righteous lifestyle by asking “is this a sin?”
The NT authors tell us consistently that the key to living a holy righteous life is to focus on Christ.
They tell us that it’s as we gaze upon him we are transformed.
Next time you feel like asking “is that a sin?” Instead just ask… “What does Jesus look like?”
When we focus on who Jesus is and allow ourselves to walk in Him, to have Him live in and through us, we don’t need to worry about what is a sin or not.
Trust me Jesus isn’t planning on sinning – The fruit of the Spirit isn’t sinful!
Focus on Christ – in situations where you aren’t sure what to do ask “what does Jesus look like?”
Because in asking that question you are holding up a mirror and saying “who am I really?”
When we know who we are in Christ we don’t have to live based on what’s right and wrong but instead can trust Him to work in and through us.
Let’s stop focusing on sin and instead focus on the solution to sin.
Jesus didn’t come so we could live by principles, He came so we could live aware of His ever dwelling presence in us.