Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Father Sin?

Pastor Fred at City Church has been preaching a series on, simply, Sin, during the period of Lent. This past Sunday he mentioned something that struck home:
Sin never says to you, "Well done, good and faithful servant," but only, "Do it again."

Sometimes sin looks so enticing and friendly, almost fatherly. But the moment we've sinned, the pleasure's passed, the guilt sets in—suddenly sin morphs into this tyrannical beast that says, "Now you're trapped. You can waddle in remorse, you can lust for more, but the only way to get back to happiness is to do it again. So there—do it again!"

Sin is no father, but a Santa Claus who pulls down his beard to reveal his fangs. The true Father, the one who loves his children, demonstrates his love faithful to the final day, when he draws us into his presence with the resounding words: "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!" (Matthew 25:21).
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