This past weekend I sat in on a conference about becoming a true spiritual community. Sounds kinda weird, huh? I did not do trust falls or yoga, but I did hear a lot of powerful content that brought about a much needed breakthrough in my desire to love people around me and to confess more of my junk.
If you are reading this and you do not have a faith background let me introduce you to a commonly used word in the Protestant community: sin. Sin has been defined for me as anything that misses the mark of perfection. I believe that we all miss the mark of perfection and only God is perfect in everything He has done, is doing and will do. This weekend the speaker expanded on sin and he said, “sin is a strong commitment to self.” OUCH!!!!!!
Sin is a strong commitment to self.
If this is true, and I believe it is, then we are always looking out for self. One way of looking at “sin” – a strong commitment to self, is to look at what we fear. Fear is a powerful and driving force that will direct our life. If you aren’t real sure what your “sin struggles” are, look at what you are afraid of and you will see how your actions, interactions and thoughts are driven to live a life in which you avoid what you fear.
Living this way keeps us from entering in to one another’s lives in a way that is pure and good. As I begin to see what fears drive me, I see ways in which I interact with people that are manipulative and self-centered. Sometimes I can have the appearance of being others centered, but in moments of honesty and revelation through God’s kindness of his Spirit, I SEE and I confess and “it is all grace” as C.S. Lewis would say.
Today would you join me in seeing what your strong commitment to self is? Would you look and see what fears are driving you and keeping you from others-centered relationships, peace & trust with God? It might be painful, but confession and repentance (a deep change of heart) will free you to love just a little bit more like Jesus. Not only that, but you will experience God’s love to your own wounds, realizing you are too needy to not accept his gift. Humbling and sacred.
WITH you in it, my friends.