“I Am Not Ready”
The other day I was talking with one of my students about life, and he brought up dating a Christian girl. He doesn’t go to church but here in Puerto Rico is very uncommon that people don’t have a general knowledge of Christianity; Puerto Rico as a whole is like the US Southern Christian belt.
What was curious about the conversation is that he wasn’t ready to commit to Christian life just yet, because he was a sinner and was going to keep sinning. In other words, he wasn’t ready to deep dive into a Christian lifestyle; he wasn’t willing to commit to following Jesus.
I am a sinner and will keep sinning.
This phrase pulsated in my mind and my heart because people still do not realize that even as Christians we still sin every day.
Sins are not bigger or smaller than the other. God doesn’t have a ruler to measure and compare your sins from those of the person standing next to you. He doesn’t say ” I will not bless you because your sin is bigger than his/hers, pal.” this is a predicament that many people have, and most people do not want to grasp this idea because it was passed down to this generation. From generation to generation this is what has been taught. The Bible teaches us this:
Acts 3:19 (NIV)
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
1 John 3:5 (NIV)
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
1 John 5:17 (NIV)
All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
1 John 1:9 (NIV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
We are sinners, but we believe and follow a God of mercy and compassion who is willing to open his arms and receive us with all our sins. We must overcome the temptations of the flesh and be a living sacrifice for God since he is a Merciful God. In Hebrew there are multiple names to refer to JHWH when in the writings refers to the ‘M