“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.” 1 John 2:1
So. Why do you sin?
I know, such a ridiculous questions. We sin for the same reason everybody else on the face of the earth sins. We’re sinners. We can’t help ourselves.
The thing is, our focus text really seems to be telling us that Jesus has taken away any excuse we have for our sinful behavior. Let’s take a look at it again.
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.”
What John is telling us is that back in what he wrote in chapter one of his letter to the church is everything that’s required for us to have total victory over the sin in our lives.
And now you’re asking the same question I asked when I let the meaning of that sentence sink in for the first time. “What did I miss?” So I went back and reread all ten verses of the first chapter. I took note that first John gave us his qualifications, after that he gave us an invitation to a relationship with God, and then he told us that if we’d admit our sins Christ would forgive and cleanse us. And that’s it.
At first I didn’t get where in those verses the apostle had given us the ultimate solution to all sin in our lives and the it hit me. God is the answer!
A relationship with God is the cure for all of the sin that plagues our lives. Jesus brings the forgiveness and cleansing we need, because of his death on the cross, and the Father and the Holy Spirit join him in giving us everything else we need for total victory over any present and future sin that needs to be dealt with.
So many times we make victory over sin so complicated, so illusive, and so unattainable by adding additional baggage to the solution God has provided. I think much of scripture is written to help us handle all that extra luggage, those questions and objections we present because we’re trying to hang onto any pet or besetting sins we may have. But none of that changes the reality of the cure that God has given.
God has given himself. He is the cure. To accept him is to reject sin and to allow him to drive it from your life.
So, if we’ve got a problem with sin then we must be doing something that amounts to pushing God away. Because he is the cure for sin.