On How to Kill Sin Before it Kill’s You Part 1

I was asked after the sermon a few weeks ago from Colossians 3:5-10, “How Do I Kill My Sin?” The inquirer said, “You gave me the ‘what’ and the ‘why,’ but how pastor, do I begin to put it to death, rather than simply manage it?”

To answer this question, I’ll start with why I didn’t give a “how.” The danger in telling people what to do after they are confronted with the gospel and all of its implications on their lives is that we—all of us—have a tendency to take those things and make them into law. Then they turn into a means to modify our behavior, but never really deal with what is at the heart of why we are sinning. The reason we sin is because some part of us has ceased to trust Jesus, not only as Savior, but also as Lord. But, if I say at the end of a message, “Now here is how you kill sin,” it doesn’t build our trust in Him, it just gives us a way to not do something that displeases Him.

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2 comments

  1. I’m going to be bold here and respond. There is no method on how to deal with sin because sin is not our issue, our focus. Sin is God’s issue with which to deal. Only God can take care of our sin. Our mere responsibility is to approach the throne of grace boldly. We are to give our great God our not-so-great lives. Where we insist on standing, even in taking care of our sin, is where God’s power is powerless. When WE think WE do not need him, he cannot offer his all, regardless of the truth that his all was and is Christ’s death on the cross. No matter the issue that the sin concerns, we are his sheep, stupid and feeble without him. His relationship with us is paramount, not our relationship with him. We must be willing to let God go where only God can go without care to the cost to us. We must believe that God is big and God is good, and that having been said, God, and God alone can deal with that which we cannot, and he will because his goodness surpasses our understanding. And so, his love for us will not leave us hanging out there on some limb left to die. His goodness has already put his Son out on some limb left to die. The end of the story is not this death, it is redemption and reconciliation. We take on his shape, his story, his life. Then, and only then, has our sin been dealt with.

  2. Awesome. Never thought of it that way, but it makes absolute sense. Unfortunately it doesn’t make the “killing of sin” any easier, but I think that’s the point. I’m looking for the “easy” way, rather than the holistic, “right” way, by putting our trust in Him. Thanks Crump.

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