Just a Little Sin?
The Bible says that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Before we’re saved, even “good people” have absolutely no power over sin. The only reason they don’t go completely berserk like the demons is because Satan actually likes it when we think we are “good people.” The common mantra, “What kind of God would send a “good person” to hell anyway?” This, of course, is a lie orchestrated in Hell. Not one of us deserves anything more than eternal separation from God. If you think you do, you don’t understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s ONLY by the grace of God that we have hope for anything better than what we deserve. Even though we stood condemned before His throne, He still chose to sacrifice His Son that we might live. As we accept the free gift of salvation, we also receive the ability to defeat the enemy–sin no longer has any mastery over us–unless we decide to entertain it, that is! The problem is that many of us (Christians) do exactly that. We may not go for the “big ones,” but we’ve still got our little “pet sins” that we just don’t seem to want to let go of. Interestingly, the Scriptures do not list any “pet sins.”. Rather the opposite is true. After all, wasn’t it just one little bite of fruit that got us into this whole mess? Wasn’t Satan’s lie to Eve the same as the one He’s telling us about our little sins? “Hey, it’s no big deal.” Well, that little sin, like the yeast Jesus spoke of in the allegorical “loaf of bread” goes a very long way. Just a little “yeast” leavens the whole loaf, a little sin gave all of humanity a death sentence, and just a little “pet sin” will render you useless to God.
“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.” Romans 6:8-14