Sin will entangle us as we make our way to glory

“We may, however, be tempted to delay returning to God until our feelings of shame and guilt subside, as if we need some time of not doing the sin before we can present ourselves to God.  But God does not accept us or forgive us because we have reformed ourselves, but on the sole basis of the atoning sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  

(Patrick Ramsey, Discard Entanglements)  One of the most anticipated races of the 1984 summer Olympics was the women’s 3000m, featuring the American Mary Decker and the South African Zola Budd. Decker—who had won a 3000m at the World Championships the preceding year—was favored to win the gold medal, and Budd knew she could not beat the champion if it came to finish line sprint….

She began to pick up her pace, and by the middle of the race she was able to move ahead of Decker. Yet as Budd cut to the inside lane, the two collided. Decker fell and injured her hip. She was unable to finish the race.

In a similar fashion, sin will trip us up as we run to glory. This means we need to do our utmost to avoid it. Even more, it means that when we fall into it, we must get back up quickly and keep running. View article →


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