I’m thinking outside of the box. But starting with God’s Word.
In Romans 3:23 reads, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.
All have sinned. Every person who has ever walked the earth has sinned; (Except for Jesus himself. He was the only one without sin, until He bore them all on the cross for us!)
The word Sin as defined in Dictionary.com: 1. a transgression of divine law: the sin of Adam; 2. any act regarded as such a transgression, especially a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle. 3. any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse, etc.; great fault or offense: It’s a sin to waste time.
Do you think it’s possible to spend a whole day without sinning such as having a bad thought, a slip of the tongue, or even gossiping?
If you answered yes, think again. In I John 1:8-10 it reads, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”
Thinking outside the box in regards to the church, when it comes to sinners.
If we are all sinners, does the church choose only those with less sin to serve than others? How does that work? Is it done by a daily survey of one’s life? Would everyone willing to share their sins with the church, in order for the privilege of serving God? Probably not.
Or is it the difference between outward vs inward expressions of sin? And how do you know what’s going on ‘inside’ of a person? For everyone has the ability to hide, cover up, or mask themselves; to protect themselves from ridicule, slander, abuse, etc.
Thinking outside the box with more thoughts
Our goal as Christians is to be like Christ; yet as long as we live on earth, we will still be a sinner. In order to help others along their journey, it’s best that we don’t assume or judge what we think their sins are; according to what they call themselves, or how they act.
We need to remember in I Samuel 16:7 it reads, “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Make the effort to build a relationship with others; to hold each other accountable through life’s trials and struggles. No one should have to go through life alone.
Sometimes you have to think outside of the box to find the answers to your thoughts and questions. And the best way to do that, is to engage others in conversations.