Train The Spirit: Understanding Our Imperfection
Mankind is not perfect. As humans, we are born with sin. Humanity is guilty before God not because we sinned, but because we are sinners by nature.
Understanding That We Make Bad Choices
Sometimes in life we don’t understand our choices. We can stay stuck in a mindset where we just can’t believe we “did that thing,” or “treated that person that way,” “or made that choice.”
On the field, it could be trash talk or playing dirty. Off the field, it could be taking a shortcut like using performance-enhancing drugs, or getting into an argument with a teammate or a coach. And that’s just the sports stuff, that’s not even the more important stuff, the life stuff.
Why do we do these things? Like me, you were born a sinner. (see Romans 5:12 below).
What Is Sin?
What is sin? Sin is a voluntary departure from the commands, ways, and character of God.
Scripture says, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)
And it also tells us that this nature of sin was inherited to us through Adam’s sin (Romans 5:19, Genesis 2 & 3). Adam was the first man. He lived inside of the most beautiful place Earth has ever seen, in the Garden of Eden. He lived there with God.
Adam and his wife Eve represented humanity in God’s creation. They were the first two humans created by God to do his will. They were given an opportunity to enjoy a close relationship with God, and have dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26-28).
When Adam deceived God, he made the choice to sin, to separate himself from God. And at this point sin became a burden that we all share with him.
Recap: Pray or Meditate On One
Take some time to start a conversation with God. This is the beginning point of prayer. As you wait on His answer, truly wait. Pick a silent spot. This is the beginning of meditation. Pick one of the points below to pray and meditate:
- We sin because we are sinners by nature
- Sin is a voluntary departure from Gods commands, ways, and character of God
- Sinners, which is all of humanity, deserve and will receive the judgment of God
What's In It For Me? Implications
- Since we have inherited our sin nature from Adam through one unrighteous act we can, by faith in Jesus Christ, be justified before God by His one righteous act to die to save sinners (Romans 5:17-19)
- Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners ( 1Timothy 1:15, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 4:14)
- Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13)
- Jesus is the only hope from the inevitable judgment of sinners (Acts 4:12)
Romans 5:12 (NIV)
“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 10:13 (NIV)
“for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.””
Genesis 1:26-28 (NIV)
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Romans 3:23 (NIV)
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Romans 5:19 (NIV)
For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
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