Big Ticket Sins

Guess what!?

There isn’t such a thing as a “big ticket sin” because every sin is a big deal!

I was recently talking with a precious friend. And we were talking about all kinds of things and how easily we can feel that separation from our Savior and not because He moved.

It’s because we have moved.

We listen when satan says “Did God r-e-a-l-l-y say ___________________?”

And we do our own thing. Of course, we might have agonized a bit. We might have counted the cost. We might have decided, “What the heck! Who is going to know?” or, even worse, “Why should I care?” But, really, let’s face it, sometimes the moment overtakes us and we just jump in, fully clothed, without much of a thought about what might come next.

Did we really count the cost?

We insist on blazing our own trail. And then we get defensive. We hide. We try to cover up whatever it is we did when we knew wasn’t the way.

Are you struggling with the consequences of a sin that the world says is a “big ticket sin”? One that satan insists is unforgivable?

satan is a deceiver. he is a liar.

The truth is that God has provided a way out of sin. The earthly consequences remain, but the eternal consequence has been washed away by Jesus, the Savior.

Many people are experiencing more time on their hands during this season of restriction. Maybe the weight of the consequences of sin are weighing heavy on your heart. God has made all the provisions. His gift of grace covers all the sins — even the ones the world considers big ticket sins.

When you are feeling burdened by the weight of your sin, pay close attention. If you are sensing condemnation, that is not from God.

There is, therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1

Feeling convicted? Well, now that is something different. That is God’s law written on your heart!

“What purposes does the Law then serve?”

First, the Law helps to control violent outbursts of sin and keeps order in the world (a curb).

Second, the Law accuses us and shows us our sin (a mirror).

Third, the Law teaches us Christians what we should and should not do to live a God-pleasing life (a guide).  The power to live according to the Law comes from the Gospel.”

Luther’s Small Catechism

Humbly confessing our sins to God is not as much for His benefit as it is for ours. He knows it all, anyway. But for us to recognize and admit our sins in specific ways is a way for God to know that we are sensitive to the Holy Spirit and our hearts are softening.

Create in me a clean heart, oh God. And renew a right spirit within me!

Psalm 51:10