Come to your senses and stop sinning, for some people are ignorant about God. I say this to your shame.
There is a particular sense in which being seeker sensitive is superficial and shallow. But there is a real sense in which being a bastion of light bears with it a responsibility to communicate effectively to those around us that something different controls our daily lives.
Not just our lives one day a week, but every day. Not just parts of our lives, but our whole lives. Not just what is impressive to men, but what is necessary to honor Christ in our persons.
Why are you still living in old patterns with old thoughts, old habits, old ways of speaking, old topics of discussion?
What are you doing?
Come to your senses!
If you are regenerated and renewed in Christ, you can say, “No” to sin.
For the first time in your life perhaps.
But you can.
Maybe not perfectly.
Maybe not always.
But more often than not.
And because you actually want to.
If you want to be crucified with Christ, you have to die to yourself.
An unbelieving world is working next to us, living next to us, driving next to us, dining next to us, waiting in line next to us and we have to be crucified with Christ in these, not just in words we sing once a week.
I wish I sinned less than I do.
I wish I desired righteousness more than I do.
But I take hope in God who covers my weakness and uses it for His glory in magnifying Christ all the more for His sufficiency to save a wretch like myself.
We can do better.
We could do worse.
But if we are Christ’s, our desires have to match His.
Maybe not in intensity or in follow through, but in essence.
We have to want what He wants and hate what He hates.
When we see it out in the world and when we see it in ourselves.