Sin: Choosing Our Way Over God’s Way

Adam and Eve are famous for being the first people God created and for being the first to disobey God. What a legacy! Think about it, these 2 individuals were literally formed by God (Genesis 2:7; 2:22), knew God, and could recognize the sound of God walking in the special garden He planted for them (Genesis 3:8). What a neat relationship they had with God, until they ruined it by breaking the one rule, He gave them. God told them not to eat from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, yet they decided it would be better to eat from the tree instead of listening to God. Their actions would ultimately bring pain, suffering, and death to their lives and the lives of their offspring. What a sad legacy. 

Yet, our legacy isn’t much different. We too were created by God, as offspring of Adam and Eve. And unfortunately, we too make decisions and take actions that go against what God would have us do. Sin is ugly. Sin comes with consequences and just as Adam and Eve lost their right to live forever in the paradise garden, so sin leaves us spiritually dead. Romans 6:23 makes it clear sin deserves death. 

So, what is sin?

According to 1 John 3:4 sin is lawlessness. It’s an abandonment of God’s law or what God says is best. Simply, sin is choosing our own way rather than God’s way. Sin happens when we act as if we know better than God. We may never say we know better than God verbally or even think it, but our actions suggest we think our way is better, when we are disobedient. Obedience on the other hand is submitting to God’s will and doing what He says we should do. Sin is the result of disobedience when we choose not to do what God says is best. 

Certainly, God, the creator of the universe, knows what is best for our lives! Certainly, He knows the best way for us to live! God’s love for us is so incredibly evident, His expectations and commandments come from a place of love. They are to help us live our best life, while on earth and in the life to come (1 Timothy 4:7-8). We must live each day for God, doing life His way rather than our own way. 

This can be difficult to do when there are so many voices in the world telling us to do things differently. We see characters in our favorite TV show and in our favorite movies do things and say things God says is wrong with little to no consequence. We see real people, like our friends or classmates or coworkers do things they shouldn’t do and nothing bad seems to happen. It’s as if seeing this pushes us and tries to convince us that there’s a better way than God’s way. But how could there be a way that’s better than God’s way? 

Adam and Eve found themselves in a similar situation where a voice tried to convince them God’s way wasn’t best. Except the voice they heard came from a serpent and not a friend or tv show. Satan tempted Adam and Eve by not only questioning God’s commandment (Genesis 3:1) but also by suggesting it would benefit them to eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:4-5). Satan works the same way in our lives today, by suggesting God’s commandments are too strict and that it would benefit us to disobey. But Satan is a liar. It didn’t benefit Adam and Eve but rather their life got harder (Genesis 3:16-19). 

The Source of Temptation

James 1:13-15 teaches us that temptation comes from our own evil desires. This was true in the case of Adam and Eve. Before Eve took the fruit, she saw it looked yummy and believed Satan’s lie that it would benefit her, making her wiser (Genesis 3:6). Eve and Adam both had a desire to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This evil desire grew into sin. We must evaluate ourselves and ask what evil desires are in our life? What commands of God do we wish to modify? We can’t allow the lies of Satan to trick us into thinking sin comes without consequence or that we can disobey God and be okay. 

Sin is serious business. Sin always comes with negative consequences. Sin is deserving of death, but thankfully Christ came and died so we could have life, despite our sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21 explains Christ came to earth and took our sin and its punishment, in order to give us His righteousness. Christ bore the negative consequences of our sin, even though He didn’t deserve them, so we could have a home in heaven with God. What a blessing to be so loved by our Savior. We deserve death because of our sin, yet we can receive eternal life because of the free gift of God, in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:23). 

Receiving the Free Gift of God

The only way we can experience this free gift of salvation and escape the consequences due us is through baptism. Christ makes us new through baptism when we recognize the spiritual death we are in because of sin, repent of our sins, confess Jesus as the Son of God and are baptized for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38). It is when we come up out of the water, that we receive new life, forgiven and free from sin (Romans 6:4). Not so we can continue to live in sin, choosing to do things our way rather than God’s way, but so we can live for Christ each and every day! 

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