Sin is a plague, yea, the greatest and most infectious plague in the world; and yet, ah! how few are there that tremble at it, that keep at a distance from it! —Thomas Brooks
The above quote has absolutely nothing to do with what is really on my mind, but it is a very good thing to think about, isn’t it?
What is really on my mind today is something Paul wrote in the 3rd chapter of Philippians. In verses 7 – 11 Paul says,
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
The part I want to focus in on is the first part of verse 10 where Paul states, “that I may know him.” When you think about the fact that Paul had his salvation experience while on the road to Damascus over 25 years prior to writing this, isn’t it amazing that he makes the statement that he is still in the process of “knowing” Jesus? Maybe I’m overly cynical, but it seems like in today’s age, within a week or two of a person’s salvation experience, they have it all figured out. Yes, I do admit that I am being overly cynical, but, it does seem that what Paul considered to be a lifelong pursuit is not sought as a first course today. If anything, it is more of an afterthought.
One of the marks of what you are passionate about in life is what you pursue. Is Jesus the first pursuit every day? Do you take the time to read the Word? Do you open your heart to pray over the Word so that it might be burned into your soul? Do you think about God and all that He has blessed you with throughout the day? If He is not a large part of your thought life; a large part of your reading life; a large part of your praying life, then maybe the sin talked about in the quote above is closer than you think.