Why not sin this Summer?

It’s Summertime, you’re here and there with holidays, your mates from church are not around, other people are around, you’re not reading your bible as much so God seems far away, so … why not take your foot off the gas in the Christian life?  Why not have a break from living wholeheartedly for God?  Why not sin?

When I’m tempted to sin, in the heat of the battle, it really helps me to have – at the forefront of my mind – some compelling reasons not to go down that road.

The Bible gives us so many.  But here’s one, maybe to focus on this week, especially when tempted, so that you can resist and live a godly, self-controlled life.

It’s this. One day soon, you won’t sin anymore.

In Revelation 21, the bible describes our final destination – the city of God we’re going to enjoy forever when Jesus appears in glory.  The Spirit says, “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are in the Lamb’s book of life.” (v26-27)

And God will change us, to make us fit to live there.  He’ll transform us into the sin-less people we were always meant to be.  The Apostle John says as much when he describes the day we meet Jesus … “we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”  (1John 3:2)

So, if that’s the end-goal, why sin now?

John says as much in the next verse – “everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as [Christ] is pure.”

When we look back on our sin from the vantage point of the new creation, it’s going to look so ridiculous.  So pathetic.  So … unfashionable!

When I was 18, the Dandy Warhols brought out a song that I loved called, “Not if you were the last junkie on earth.”  It’s about a bloke who finds out that his girlfriend – or his mate – has become a heroin addict – and he’s totally unimpressed.  The chorus is this line: “But I never thought you’d be a junkie because heroin is so passé.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APrpB-i4d_E

This was bad news for heroin users who might have thought they were brave, and edgy.

They were being slated.

“You never thought you’d get addicted, just be cooler in an obvious way.”

They weren’t just risking their lives. They were out of touch.

It’s strange to wonder, what are the things about our lifestyles now, that people will look back on in 50 years time, or 100 years time, and think, “I just can’t believe they used to do that?”  Maybe history will remember us badly for all sorts of things we don’t even think about. And it doesn’t take that long for opinion to change.  Just recently a friend was telling me how the one colleague in his office who still smokes gets stick for it.  But it wasn’t that long ago that I asked a good mate why he smoked and he said, “Because, no matter what the campaigners say, it is cool!” Not anymore …

So here’s the thing.

That’s how we’re all going to think one day about sin.

It is going to look desperately silly.

Absolutely pathetic.

An addiction we’ve developed that we enjoyed indulging and going back to, that we even dared to think was cool, but that one day is going to be scorned by us and absolutely everyone else.

It’s a fashion disaster waiting to happen.

So don’t go there.  Sin is a passing fad.

Be a trend-setter this Summer, and fight to live for God.