Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. — Hebrews 12:1-2
We died to sin, how can we live in it any longer? — Romans 6:2
I’m so sick
Infected with where I live
Let me live without this
Empty Bliss, selfishness, I’m so sick, I’m so sick — Flyleaf
In my life, I have seen only a handful of people get flat out sick of being obese. I have heard plenty of people talk about how they hate being obese. I have seen plenty of people do a little bit to make themselves a little bit less obese. I have seen people drop weight, but then put it all back on…then repeat the process. However, the few people that I have seen transform their bodies got absolutely SICK of being tired and overweight. How do I know? Nearly everything about them changed in the area of health. They started getting up an hour earlier to exercise. They started researching and figuring out what they needed to eat and when to eat it. Then, they did the unthinkable…they started DOING just that! Their bodies transformed, their lives transformed, and even their minds transformed. The attitude and self-confidence of a person that is in shape is different than that of an obese person (sometimes that’s good…sometimes that’s bad.) But this nobody can deny: Their hatred for obesity changed them.
Are you SICK of sin? I have been a Christian for almost 20 years and I am just now getting to the point where I HATE it! I hate how it has robbed me for years of the presence of God. I hate what it does to my family. I hate how it robs students at my school. I hate how it uses drugs, alcohol, and relationships to destroy people right before my own eyes. I hate the fact that we have to physically be sick and eventually die because Adam sinned in the garden all those years ago. Yes, I am developing a hatred for sin. How bad do you hate sin? What are you going to do about it?
I wish that teenagers would get SICK of sexual immorality. I wish they could see how being a boyfriend or girlfriend is robbing them of being a future husband or wife. I wish they could see that having a kid in high school robs that kid of having a mama and a daddy in a home (that is their own) and makes life infinitely more difficult for everyone involved. When you are infected with sexual sin from past relationships, marriage becomes extremely difficult.
I wish that teenagers would get SICK of drugs. The thing is…most of them DO get sick after they use them. Yet, they repeatedly go back. I wish they could see how it is robbing them of their education and limiting their job opportunities in just a few short years. Once they have killed their high school years just getting by, the best they can do is hope for SOMETHING to come along that they can do. Instead of them putting in the work and effort to find what THEY want to do for a living the next 30 years, they will be at the mercy of any employer that will have them and do what THEY tell them to do.
I wish that Christians would get SICK of movies that promote sin and repeatedly take the Lord’s name in vain. I wish Christians would walk out of theaters and NEVER go back to those kind of movies because they have had enough. I believe Christians could change the tune of Hollywood and they just might start producing more movies like Sherwood Baptist’s “Courageous” if we would make a stand. But, Christians aren’t sick of them, in fact, they embrace them.
Now, I realize that doing these things is not simply a decision that is to be made. They are done by the Holy Spirit growing inside of you. Your job, especially if you say you are a Christian, is to spend time with Jesus every day. When you spend time with Him consistently, what happens is that He grows inside of you and you become less and less. I remember when I started consistently reading the Word and praying. After about a year went by, Tonya and I went to see the Wedding Crashers. Although we stayed for the whole movie, we both agreed that we were done with that garbage. I will never forget the dirty feeling…I felt sin all over me. Hollywood has never again gained another dollar (or $8.50) from us for that type of movie.
I guess the point of all this is this: Every day, spend time with the Lord Jesus. Ask Him to give you the hatred for sin that He has. Clean up your house. Get the junk OUT! Clean up your own life. Tell your family and friends that enough is enough. Pray Psalm 139: 23-24 for 21 straight days (I did for 3 days and had more to deal with than I could handle). Beg Him to speed up the process of you hating sin. Tell Him how you long to be pure and holy before Him. Ask Him to let people see that you are different and ask Him to prompt them to ask you “what is different about you?” For in this, may we all give the same answer…
“God, through His Son Jesus Christ, and through the power of His Holy Spirit, changed me!”