Perhaps the most incredible discovery of my life is that, as a Christian, I do not struggle with sin. I don’t even have a sinning problem. What I have is a worshipping problem. Let me explain.
As a Christian I have been forgiven of all my sins. I am not longer known by my sins. And while I still sin, that is not my greatest problem. For instance, no one actively sins while we are worshipping God and by that I do not just mean singing.
I mean that moment when the Spirit of God breaks in on us and all we can do is savor Jesus. When that happens, sinning is the furthest thing from our minds. When we are captivated by the beauty and glory of Christ, when we are delighted in the excellencies of our savior, and when our hearts are swelling to the point of bursting, the pleasures this world fade into oblivion.
So let me say it again. We do not have a sin problem.
Our problem is worship.
Think over a few examples. No one daydreams about pornography when they are captivated by the beauty of Christ. No one plans revenge against a neighbor when they are overwhelmed with worship. No one lies, cheats, judges, steals, deceives, lusts, or does any other sinful thing when they are spellbound with whole-bodied affections for God. It just doesn’t happen.
Philippians 3:8 demonstrates this truth well. Paul says:
“Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.”
Paul is saying, that every fleeting pleasure this world has to offer, becomes less like gold and more like garbage the more we understand who God is and respond to Him in worship. And what is worship? It is grappling with the infinite value of the Triune God. It is seeing ans savoring who He is. It is with every faculty of our being appreciating Him and laying ourselves down before Him.
C.S. Lewis says it this way:
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
My biggest problem as a Christian is not my sin; it is my half-hearted worship! I sin because I worship too little. I give into the garbage desires of my flesh, because I fail to grapple with how deep, wide, and satisfying He truly is. Therefore, if I should like to stop sinning I should do 2 things:
I need to stop struggling against my sins and start bowing down to worship Him.
It is imperative that we do not substitute one religious duty for another. For instance, while one expends a massive amount of energy fighting sin in the flesh, let us never think that we can simply turn all of that fleshly effort toward God in man-centered worship! May it never be!
Therefore, what you and I really ought to do is plead with the Spirit of God. We must ask Him to author true worship within us because that is what we cannot do ourselves. Like the prophets of Baal, we do not please God by whipping ourselves up into dramatic, frenzied, and pagan forms of emotionalism. We must, instead, beg God, that the true fire of heaven would fall on our hearts and awaken us to love Him.
MY PRAYER FOR YOU!
My prayer for anyone who would read this is that you would no longer live in shame, no longer bear that awful load of guilt, and you would stop laboring furiously against your sins. You are not capable to fight that battle. You are not the savior.
May the God of all comfort give you peace, Amen.