S. I. N. Sin. What is it and why am I writing about it? Sin is actually an archery term. Yes, archery. Full-fledged bow and arrow, Hunger Games status, aim at the target, hit the exact middle, archery. If you’re like me, though you enjoy archery, you can never quite manage to hit the center. That is why this is a great illustration of sin.
When you miss the mark (perfect center/bullseye), it’s called a sin. So think of it this way, the Creator of the universe and the God we are accountable for our actions to is absolutely holy. He cannot be around any sin and therefore we are not able to be in a right relationship with God or go to Heaven if we have sin. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 says “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”. That means that none of us is able to tell God “I’m a good person and you should let me go to Heaven”.
Sometimes, we commit sins of omission (we didn’t do something that we should have) and sometimes we commit sins of commission (we did something we knew we shouldn’t have). Either one is off-center, missing the mark. Our best intentions don’t qualify us for Heaven, hitting the mark doesn’t make up for the times that you didn’t hit the mark, and whether you were almost right on or you were aiming in the wrong direction, it all comes down to the fact that each of us have missed the mark. Each of us has failed to meet God’s standard of perfection.
As humans, we’re big on comparisons. We like look at someone else and find that we are smarter, more attractive, more skilled, or better in some way, shape, or form. Many times, we look to justify ourselves by looking at someone else and saying that we aren’t as bad as him or her, so we’re okay. Because other people are worse, we define ourselves as “better” and therefore “good” . . . as in good enough to get into Heaven. James 2:10-11 blows this theory out of the water when it states that “ . . . the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. For the same God who said, “You must not commit adultery,” also said, “You must not murder.” So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law.”
Though there are sins that God specifically says that He hates, we tend to think some sins are so much worse than others. My point here is not to discuss specific sins, but to get us thinking. All sin separates us from God. Whether you look at it like it’s just a little bitterness, a huge lie that hurts a bunch of people, failing to help someone when you had the opportunity, or living with your girlfriend, all of these have “missed the mark” and leave us needing forgiveness.
Without Jesus forgiving our sins, we cannot come out ahead. The Bible says that “ . . . the wages [what we earn—the concept of a paycheck] of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”. Romans 10:9 says that “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” No matter who you are or what you have done, God loves you and sent Jesus to die on the cross to take the punishment for your sins. He will forgive anything. And yes, whatever you’re thinking about, He already knows about that, too. When Jesus died on the cross, God poured out all of His anger on Jesus for all of the sins (past, present, and future). The Bible tells us that God already knows everything so He will never find out about something we did later and take back His forgiveness. What a wonderful thing to know that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8).
If you have not asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins, I encourage you to do that now. Even if you still have questions, come to God and tell Him that, too. He understands and He wants to have a relationship with You. He has died on the cross to provide the forgiveness you need so that you can be in a right relationship with God. Come to God and receive the forgiveness for your sins, the freedom from the guilt that you carry, hope for today and for the future, and peace in the midst of anything and everything. If you already have a relationship with God, I encourage you to take a few minutes and confess your sins to Jesus. Mention each one and receive the forgiveness you need. Turn from any patterns of sinning and ask God to restore to you the right relationship between you and God that we each need. Continue to walk in His forgiveness and live as one who has been truly changed by Jesus’ mighty power.