Listen to this devotional:
1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (NKJV)
Our sons are getting older now and seem to require more space. Their latest takeover was a move from the office that they were using upstairs to a total occupation of the basement. During this move downstairs, I was amazed and at times frustrated about how many other rooms were involved in their endeavour. It seemed like items from the office were finding their way into all the other rooms of the house, including the kitchen. What seemed like a simple and straightforward move to take stuff from one location to another was a lot more complicated when it actually happened. It also has taken much longer than anticipated by all involved. What I noticed during this move was that little things have been left behind in the move, things either not needed or not belonging to them. I know that when it is my turn to move other things back into this now vacated space, it will be all but empty.
Sin is like that in our lives. We think that it is only affecting one part of our lives — often the part that gives us the greatest pleasure. What we are usually not aware of is how the sin is creeping in, affecting all aspects of our life and leaving trails behind. Soon, our prayer time with God can be affected, then our reading of the Word may fall to the wayside, and our attendance at worship and other functions within the body of Christ may be affected. We can turn away from God and begin to rely on ourselves. What started out as a small thing in our lives has spread and affected so much more. Others may bring these changes to our attention, just like I told the boys about the trail that they were leaving behind for me during their move. The Holy Spirit can and will challenge us to acknowledge this and take action.
1 John 2:1 – My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (NKJV)
Prayer: Dear God, we are so grateful for Your Son who is our Advocate. Help us to recognize the sin in our lives quickly, so that it does not spread in our lives. We pray that others will also recognize this in us and come alongside us during this time. Help us, Lord, to minister to one another as the body of Christ. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.