End Times Special Edition
“The only thing serious is sin.” I heard this phrase few months ago during one of Zac Poonen’s sermons; it has since revolutionized my life. Oftentimes, we get frustrated, angry, and argue over things like:
- “The neighbor didn’t respond to my greeting”
- “She didn’t even say sorry for hurting my feelings”
- “Food was not ready when I got home”
- “Liquid was poured on my keyboard”
- “I wasn’t invited to that party”
And the list goes on and on. The above examples are surely important but when compared to eternity, they don’t hold much value. Sin separates us from our Heavenly Father and sends us to hell but not a wet keyboard. I wasn’t invited to that party, yet God’s love for me is greater than my friends’, and that’s more significant. Therefore, the only thing serious is sin. Personally, I have grown tired of going through different moods during the day just because I was provoked by someone or a bad event. I don’t want to keep on grieving and quenching the Spirit due to my attitude affected by things other than sin.
When we see the Lord Jesus’ life, the only times He got angry were when dealing with sin.
And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other—Marc 3:5
Here, Jesus was angered by the Pharisees’ wickedness to deny a sick man’s healing on the Sabbath day. Other examples of Jesus being disturbed by sin are in John 2:14-15 and Matthew 16:22-23. On the other hand, when it came to people or circumstances hurting Christ, He was never affected but kept His peace.
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in His steps. He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when He was insulted, nor threaten revenge when He suffered. He left His case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly—1 Peter 2:21-23
The devil only uses people or circumstances to distract us from our real calling to honor and glorify the Father. When I realized this truth, I resolved to surrender myself to my Father God instead of my emotions. The Holy Spirit is disciplining me to be shaken by nothing but sin; I can honestly say that as a result, I have become more peaceful, joyful, and patient than before. The more I learn to submit to the Holy Spirit, the more He directs my path and uses me effectively. I remember some days ago getting into the kitchen only to find it super messy because a family member didn’t feel like cleaning it. I felt so tempted to complain and get annoyed but the Spirit reminded me again that ‘the only thing serious is sin’.
Many such events and even worse will happen in life, however, it’s up to me to decide whether to forgo of my peace due to non-heavenly matters or not. My ego, belongings, and desires may seem important but not as much as the kingdom of God is; so I would rather be concerned about following Christ’s example because the only thing serious is sin.