Hopefully you want to avoid sin. All Christians should. But have you given much thought to why?
Dig under the surface. Why do you avoid sin?
If you avoid sin simply because you don’t want to look bad — which is why so many avoid it — or you don’t want to navigate the awkward conversations, it’s unbiblical. Non-christians have that motivation.
But we need higher reason. The best reason. The right one.
The Best Reason
We don’t want to sin against God.
Joseph didn’t want to lie with the lust-driven wife of Potiphar because he couldn’t stand sinning against God (Genesis 39:9). And once David came to his senses, he realized he committed a massive crime — chiefly against God (Psalm 51:4).
The horror of legalism is obedience for obedience sake. And legalistic obedience is still disobedience.
This is akin to standing up straight when your grandmother comes around, because you know she’ll say something. You stand up straight when she’s around, and then assume the recoiled spine when she leaves. That’s not Christian living. That’s not freedom. Now, you should still stand up straight because you don’t want to look like you belong in a turtle shell when you’re 80. But the point is you stand up straight even when you know the inspection isn’t around the corner.
If you avoid sin to avoid getting in trouble, you’ve yet to grasp what the gospel is all about.
We avoid sin, to enjoy and glorify God. Christian living is in living in response to what Jesus has done for us on the cross. Anything else is a bunch of hooey. Your life should look like someone living for a reward — a treasure hunter — not one dodging a pop to the knuckles.
You don’t avoid eating raw chicken meat, just to avoid the stomach issues or impending doom. That’s not your thought process. You avoid raw chicken so you can enjoy cooked chicken. We avoid sin, not to avoid trouble, but to enjoy God.
Avoid sin for the best reason — God.
Now that’s livin’.