But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:22-23 (NIV)
There’s not a doubt in my mind that this world is sick with sin. Disease, famine, war, racism—the list goes on, and everywhere people are dying. However, we human beings have this nasty little habit of scapegoating; we seek to blame anyone but ourselves and our own unrighteousness.
Oh, the world would be a better place without the Jews. The blacks are lazy and only know crime. The Mexicans steal our jobs, rape our daughters, and sell us drugs. White people are evil and racist; they divide the world and create chaos and strife. Muslims are the bane of our existence; they’re the anti-Christians; Allah is the devil; they’re all terrorists!
Unfortunately in this blame game, no one is getting to the route of all of these problems. “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). Sin is the underlying cause for all the world’s issues, that persistent thorn in our side. All wrongdoing is sin (1 John 5:17). It’s because of sin that people hate, that people kill.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— (Romans 5:12)
When Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they introduced sin—and subsequently death—into this world, setting in motion a plan for God to provide a Savior for the people of the world that they may have eternal life.
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! (Romans 5:17)
But even after Jesus died on the cross, washing their sins away, people still gave into their own vices, refusing to acknowledge him (Romans 1: 28-32). These are the problems we see today; a world that has not accepted Jesus Christ as its Lord and Savoir, preferring the desires of its own heart over the grace of God, living in sin, and dying slowly.
People will be lovers themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. (2 Timothy 3: 2-5)
Jesus came that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). So submit yourselves to Jesus Christ and to the Will of God. Resist the devil and flee from sin. Shine a light on this darkened world so that others may be saved.
“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)