My wife and I made a decision Saturday to stay indoors, enjoying the wonderful blessing of our modern appliance called an HVAC unit. It is something that we take for granted in this country, as few of us must suffer in the heat without air conditioning. Yes, it costs us more money in the form of a higher electric bill, but the trade off is comfort and even better health and rest. But how hot is too hot? When do you turn on the air conditioning?
Here is another question: How much sin is too much sin? At what point in your life do you need to find help with your wrongdoing? The Bible has some very simple guidelines that some will find uncomfortable. Romans 3:23 says “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God’s glory is the mark we must hit, not just being better than our neighbor. Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death.” This refers to the physical death we all inherit from Adam and Eve, but also the eternal separation from God that we will suffer for our own law breaking.
Since we all have sin, how much sin is too much sin? Any and all sin is too much, from the smallest little “white lie” to murder in the first degree. Before you start to freak over this, there is hope. Romans 8:1 says there is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. If you read on, we are free from the eternal consequences of sin. In fact, we can even be freed from many of the sins we suffer in this life. Because I love Jesus as my best friend, I am not going to cheat on my wife, rob a bank or chose to go out, get drunk and drive my car, causing an accident. All of these would cause my family and me real pain right now.
If you have done some things in this life that have cost you dearly, then you understand that “Decisions have consequences, decisions mean something!” Need some help overcoming some of those bad decisions? Jesus can and will help you. This neighbor would love to help you make Jesus your best friend like he is to me. Your past cannot be erased, but much of the pain and guilt can be. Look me up, neighbor. We can talk some more about changing your future in this life and in the one to come. See you around town. Enjoy the day!
The Rev. Ken Hasekamp is pastor of Adventure Christian Fellowship. Sermon notes is a column by local religious leaders.