There are two ways in which most Christians falter. The first is when he or she is overcome by temptation and falls headlong into sin, be it envious jealousies, materialistic prides, or sexual immoralities. This is often called the sin of COMMISSION. The second failure isn’t quite so volatile and is often ignored for it is not what the Christian “has done” but what he or she has “not done” which paves the way to evil. It is the neglect of duties commended across Scripture – Love for others, service in ministry, basic communion with God by prayer or bible reading. This lack of relationship and zeal towards the things of God, often termed sins of OMISSION, are equally dangerous to the soul and equally disappointing to the Father.
How does one notice sin and start over? There are two steps:
Revelation 2:5 says, “Repent, and do the first works.” John is telling the church to turn around, literally go back the other way, so that they may begin doing what they did at first. He is telling them to go back and search the home of their heart, peering into every closet, and peering under each bed, to insure there was no evil lurking there. Four hundred years ago the Puritan preacher William Gurnall wrote: “Search your heart as you would your house if you suspected a murderer was hiding, waiting to cut your throat in the night. When you have found the sin that has done the mischief, fill your heart with shame for it and indignation against it. Cast it before the Lord in a heartbreaking confession.” (Abridged, Banner of Truth)
Rely on Pardon
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins…” Thus, when a Christian has renewed his repentance by clearing out every dark closet, he must next sit down and reclaim his faith in God’s forgiveness. As Gurnall wrote, “Repenting is the force to remove sin, while faith is the medicine to restore strength.” No matter how tough the winter freeze over his soul has become, the Christian can know that God promises to immediately raise the golden sun over life, to begin thawing the calloused ice back into fertile spring ground.
Dear Christian, whether you’ve chosen blatant sin or have simply fallen pray to lackluster spiritual attitudes, take the weapon of God’s word and begin analyzing each room of your heart. If you find any sin there, take it to the cross of Calvary for death. Literally, take the axe of righteousness to its head and kill it off. Then, approach the throne humble, accepting in faith that you were forgiven long ago, and stand boldly to reclaim your position as Son or Daughter of the Great King.