“But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Sin. We all do it.
We all have those areas in our lives where we fail to live up to God’s standard. Where we put our own desires and cravings before the needs of others. Where we allow the lusts of the flesh to take over and do things we wish we hadn’t.
It’s part of our inherent nature.
Struggle with those sinful temptations that assault our minds.
Sin is seen as nothing more than failing to do what is right.
A lack of good judgement and a promise to do better next time.
But God paints a different image of this beast.
After refusing Cain’s offering, God warns him about the dangers of not doing what is right – that it unleashes a force in our lives ready to destroy us.
Sin isn’t some bad behavior, mistake, poor judgment, or temptation we struggle with. It’s not just breaking a command, dealing with jealousy or anger or selfishness or vanity. Sin isn’t breaking away from some ancient code found in the Bible.
It’s an animal crouching.
Looking for the right opportunity to pounce and devour its prey.
Sin is a living force ready and waiting to attack the moment we choose anything less than God’s standard. It has motives, plans, desires to consume every aspect of our lives and rip us apart. It wants nothing more than to see us maimed and bloody, lying in the gutter of what was meant to be our lives.
Sin is not to be taken lightly.
It’s an enemy to be defeated.
A force to be subdued.
An animal to be mastered, brought into submission and dealt with.
Otherwise, it sits by, crouching, waiting for that opportune moment when our guard is down to pounce…and destroy the life God intended us to live.
So, my brothers and sisters, as we begin this season of Lent, may you be reminded of the severity of your sin. May you find yourself mastering that beast within. And may you, as you focus on the saving power of Jesus Christ, find that the crouching lion of sin has turned into a docile cat with no power over your life.
What area of sin in your life do you need to master?