“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3:23, NIV
In his book, Whatever Became of Sin? distinguished psychiatrist Dr. Karl Menninger makes this bold assertion, “I believe there is ‘sin’ expressed in ways which cannot be subsumed under verbal artifacts such as crime, disease, delinquency, deviancy. There is immorality; there is unethical behavior; there is wrongdoing. And…there is usefulness in retaining this concept and indeed the word, SIN.”
Dr. Menninger defines sin as, “the willful transgression of the law of God; disobedience of the divine will; moral failure. Sin is failure to realize in conduct and character the moral ideal, at least as fully as possible, under existing circumstances; failure to do as one should toward one’s fellow man…Sin has a willful defiant or disloyal quality; someone is defied or offended or hurt. The willful disregard or sacrifice of the welfare or satisfaction of the self is an essential quality of the concept of sin.”
The Bible agrees and takes the explanation a step further. The one we are defying ultimately is the one who has given us life and made us free moral agents in the world of His making. The someone we sin against by the rebellious abuse of our free will is our Creator God. Our willful insistence in being our own god is treason of the highest order and criminal against the true God in whose image we are made. Ask God to help you realize how small you truly are and what a poor and limited ‘god’ you make. Pray the way Jesus taught us “Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come!” Which means on the flip side “My kingdom go!” There is only one God and you are not Him.
QUESTION: Where do you need to let God rule in your life?