A taste of God makes us want another taste of God and another taste, until our sin becomes less and less appetizing.  
September 4, 2017, 5:00 AM

Wake up from your drunken stupor and do what is right and do not go on sinning. 1 Corinthians 15:34

I once had a man tell me he was mad at God. Mad because he thought God had promised him healing from an alcohol addiction and since God had promised healing, surely that meant he could drink a beer. Or two. Heck, why not three? This man was entitled. He thought freedom in Christ meant he could indulge in his favorite sin, and there would be no  consequences. Needless to say, it didn’t work out that way. He fell back into his addiction. So, he felt that God lies or was the lie. I responded: Jesus healed the blind man. But that didn’t mean the blind man could go around poking shards of glass in his eyes, thinking his sight was going to stay okey dokey. Also, while Jesus didn’t condemn the adulterous woman, neither did He mince words when He told her, “Go and sin no more.”


Jesus heals, no doubt. We are saved by grace. We are free. But the freedom that Christ gives us through His death and resurrection isn’t an allowance to sin. If we feel this way, we need to examine our hearts. Followers of Christ should have disgust for their sin. Simply put, if we love God, our sin should become more and more unpalatable. Because our sin is like, well, vomit. Proverbs 26:11 says, “Like a dog that returns to his vomit, is a fool who repeats his folly.”  Our sin and our desire for God are incompatible. We will gravitate towards one or the other. As soon as there’s a temptation to sin, we need to go to God and consciously choose Him. We must choose to surrender. To go and sin no more is a purposeful act.


We surrender to God when we pray, read Scripture, seek community, serve others, love others, and honor our God-given priorities and responsibilities. We choose God when we love Him in these tangible ways instead of indulging in sin. But when sin becomes a controlling desire, we are like the dog in Proverbs. We succumb to a sin pattern. In other words, we return to our vomit. And once we’re done, there’s regret and shame. And then there are consequences, because there are always consequences. But there’s hope and grace too, because we can go to God with our mess. Romans 2:4 says that God’s kindness leads to our repentance. Not our regret, our shame, or our consequences, but ultimately, it’s His kindness that draws us to Him. We are His. His work on the cross rinses the bad taste from our mouths. And once our mouths are clean and minty fresh, we crave more of this refreshing taste of God.


I think of it like this. Right after I brush my teeth, or have a cleaning at the dentist, the last thing I want to do is chow down on a bag of chips and onion dip. I don’t want anything to interfere with the work that had just been completed. If anything, I want to keep up the good work, like go floss or rinse with mouthwash. It’s the wonderful power of the gospel. A taste of God makes us want another taste of God and another taste, until our sin becomes less and less appetizing.   We come to know and live the truth that satisfaction is found only in Christ. This is freedom. 


This is my Prayer:  Father God, thank You for the grace and freedom You give me. Lord I know I can never do anything to earn it, ever. It is mine because I belong to You. Jesus help me to become more and more satisfied in You. I want to live my life for You, truly free and wholly content. Help me to love You, Your word, and Your ways. Help me to express Your love to others. In Your name, Jesus.  Amen.