2001-09-24 - Secret Sins
2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilements of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
When sin is left unchecked and alone it grows. Often it grows until it is
exposed and becomes a shame to the Lord and our profession of faith in Jesus
Christ. Judas is identified as a thief of the disciples money box in John
12:6. The problem is not addressed. Judas then betrays Christ with a kiss
for 30 pieces of silver, Matthew 26:14-16, 47-49. Thus the results of sin
left unmortified. There are other examples given in Scripture of Gehazi (2
Kings 5:20-27), and Anaias and Sapphra (Acts 5:1-6) just to name two. Today
I would like to try to help us identify our own secret sins.
We all have sins we seek to cover from the plain view of those around us. If you feel you have no secret sins then you may start by identifying pride as the first secret sin on your list. Mortification is the act of putting to death the sin in our lives. Just as President Bush has promised to root out the cells of terrorism in the world, so also should we seek out, identify, and destroy the cells of sin in our lives. Sin hinders our usefulness in the kingdom of God and is unbecoming a follower of Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:6 reminds us that we are no longer slaves to sin and verse 7 goes further telling us that we are in fact free from sin. Let us live, not only as if this were true, but let us live knowing that this is true. Christ has died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3) and thus our sins shall no longer be our master. Walking in newness of life let us mortify our sins and seek to live unto Christ in godliness.
Soli Deo Gloria,