Do We Grow Stronger in Christ When We Remove Sin From Our Life?
Updated: Oct 27, 2018
This is a fundamental question that shapes everything about who we are in Christ, and often misunderstood. Do we grow stronger in Christ when we remove sin from our Life?
Have you ever heard it preached that we need to remove sin from our lives so that we can get closer to God. I recently heard a reference to the Rock covering Lazarus’s Tomb as this is the sin in our lives that man (in this case Mary and Martha) needed to remove so that we can be drawn unto Christ. That’s a good story but it is also humanistic – or “Worldly,” not Divine and Biblical. This is a common but detrimental mistake. – and is inadvertently leading believers to lives "in the desert" in perpetual bondage rather than hope.
This vies comes from the perspective of man looking up at God, rather than seeking to Mankind from the perspective of Grace. This backwards understanding of human effort implies that the way to God is through our actions.
Remember the Woman at the Well - Jesus Came To Her – she did not come to seeking Him. She offered Him wordy remedies in the water – but Jesus offers the water of eternal Life. She did not know who He was – only that she was a sinner – He showed Her His Power and Loved Her right where she was - and He took away her sins.
God has a different vantage point – than we do and it is best if we keep that understanding. Lord help us to see ourselves as we you see us!" If we could pray only on that and mean it!
God said that we Christians are his adopted Children - wonderfully made - loved where we are – Grafted into His family – inheriting the kingdom of heaven – and forever growing closer to Him. That’s what makes Grace so AMAZING! – Its not just cool – its AMAZING!
John 6:44 Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them” (John 6:44). In other words, the only way we can even seek God is if the Holy Spirit has first stirred our hearts with a desire for God. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Rom 8:30).
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’ It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.” (Rom 9:15)
So I ask again - Do we grow stronger in Christ when WE remove sin from our Life?
NO - Because of grace, Our sin’s will be removed from our Life - when we Grow into a fuller understanding of who we are in Christ!