Monthly Archives: November 2014

Good Sin

Unfortunately, it’s very likely that I will walk in to work today and work hard to earn my paycheck, win the esteem of my bosses, gain the approval of my coworkers, build my own little kingdom. Maybe that’s what you’re planning to do today also.

We won’t lie to our coworkers or steal from our bosses, but if we don’t do every task in thoughtful worship to God, our actions will still be sin.

Here’s an important and difficult truth you might need to be reminded of: Sin isn’t the doing bad things. Sin is the doing of any thing for any reason other than God’s glory.

Sin is working hard solely for a paycheck or ‘selflessly’ serving your coworkers just to gain their approval.

Good things done for the wrong reasons aren’t good things.

A Biblical Picture of Success

The prophet Isaiah was a massive failure.

When God asked, “Whom shall I send?” Isaiah said, “Here I am! Send me!” To which God replied, “Go…”

So far so good.

But then God kept speaking to Isaiah; “Go, and say to this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.”

God says, “Go, but your words aren’t going to change the people who hear them.”

Oops.

This is a prophet we’re talking about. A prophet tasked with helping people understand truth… and God tells him that he should go out and preach but no one will understand.

If you’re looking at this objectively, you have to conclude that Isaiah was a massive failure. He’s a prophet who we expect to elicit repentance and revival. It’s kindof in the job description, right after “receive words from God.”

It goes like this: Prophet prophesies -> people listen -> people repent. But not with Isaiah. (Go read Isaiah 6:8-12.)

So he’s a big failure in the eyes of the world. He didn’t fulfill the most basic requirement for being a prophet. Fuh-HAIL-Yuh-HUR.

That’s silly though, right? He obviously wasn’t a failure.

Isaiah was successful because success is defined by God, not man.

What would be different today if you believed that in every action?

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