Jesus battles with you when you choose to declare war on your sin.
I can’t say that I agree with theologian John Piper on everything, but one of the things he is passionate about that I can get behind is fighting against a wasted life and declaring war on sin.
Last night several high school students talked with me about their frustration with peers who have incredible athletic ability, but are apathetic when it comes to getting better by working out in the weight room or practicing every day. They talked about how these athletes could easily play in division one colleges, but probably never will because of their apathy. I asked, “What is it that keeps us from doing what it takes to overcome, not only with sports, but with struggles and nagging sins? Why do we choose not to fight when Christ is ready to fight with us? Why do we pick up the sword, only to lay it down too soon in the battle?”
I don’t know that I can speak for you, but for me it’s because I don’t want to work! I want the battle to be easy; I want it to be effortlessly; I want it to work itself out.
I remember as a kid saying to myself, “These struggles will go away when I become an adult.” This didn’t happen. In fact, as many of you know, the battle only gets harder as we now have a family, bills and a mortgage, a career, baseball games, and the list goes on.
Things don’t just disappear with time; they fester and grow. And we ignore them because we don’t want to do the necessary work.
And what is the necessary work?
Spending time in the Word, developing community that is deep and real with open confession and accountability, a consistent prayer life, a commitment to the local church, living out the responsibilities of the Sabbath.
I’d like to challenge you to listen to an 8 minute interview and read an article to further meditate on “Do I really want to get serious about this battle? Am I willing to declare war on my sin with Jesus?” Remember, like the man possessed in Mark 5, Jesus longs to free you from the bondage of sin!