I love that moment you notice your child thinking, the moment you can almost see the wheels turning in their head. The look with the concerned brow, the pondering eyes with a hint of a smirk on their lips which is often followed by a difficult question. I saw this look recently on my 4 year old son’s face.
Our son had been disobedient and my husband and I were talking to him about obedience. Right now, obedience to our son means doing what mommy and daddy say. We want him to learn obedience as a stepping stone to being obedient to God and to understand that his choices have consequences. We explained that his choice to be disobedient was a sin. Even though he has gone to church his entire life, I do not expect him to fully understand sin, but he does know that sin is bad. After our explanation, you could tell the wheels began to turn in his mind, and the difficult question was right on the tip of his tongue. “But Jesus died on the cross for our sins, right? Then why do we sin,” he said.
I do not even remember the answer I gave him that day, but here is what I should have said: we sin, because we are human. When Adam and Eve sinned for the very first time, they introduced sin into our human nature. Sin is like a virus that is passed down from parents to children. Jesus is the only man to ever truly overcome and resist sin. When we ask God into our heart, we become sons of God and not just of man. When we trust in God, we recognize that we are a sinner and in need of a savior; we admit that we can never be good enough to enter heaven. The consequence of sin is death. Jesus died for our sins and accepted the punishment we deserved for those sins.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
The truth is that God is perfectly loving and perfectly just. As a parent strives to teach their children obedience and love, so does God desire to teach us the same. He will hold each and every person accountable for their sins as a just God. But because He is also a loving God, He has provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins through the sinless sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ.
Even though I have asked God to forgive my sins and accepted Jesus into my heart, I still struggle with sin because I am still human, but now I am also a child of God. God does not expect us to be perfect, but to recognize sin and strive to make better choices.
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.. (John 14:15)
About the Writer:
Meghan is a former art teacher who feels blessed to now be a stay-a-home mom to her two boys. She loves volunteering at her sons’ school and with the First Baptist Dallas Women’s Ministry and First Impressions Team. She is passionate about art, cooking, working out, and playing volleyball.