We’ve all been amazed by the testimonies offered by those who have had a dramatic conversion experience. We’ve witnessed or heard of people coming to Christ after a life of adultery, addictions to drugs, alcohol or pornography, or after serving time in prison for embezzlement or even murder. We praise God for those miraculous conversions!
How often we look at those sins as “big” sins and then say “but for the grace of God, there go I.” We compare our lives to the lives of those who have been involved in “big” sins and take comfort in the fact that we only have “little” sins in our life. But think about this … Jesus gave himself to be crucified on a cross to pay the penalty for our “little” sins.
In the eyes of God, anything that is not of God violates his holiness. While some sins may carry a more severe penalty in this life, all sin must be covered by the blood of Jesus before we can stand before God as righteous. The very first sin committed by mankind would be considered a “little” sin today. Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating from the forbidden tree. How often do we disobey God by doing something that we think is really not a big deal and carelessly dismiss it as “my one vice.” One act by Adam is all it took to require the sacrifice of the blood of Jesus to cover our sin.
Be mindful of the “little” sins you may harbor in your heart and confess them to God. Ask him to empty you of yourself and fill you with his Spirit. When we are full of the Spirit, there is no room for sin in our hearts.
“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5.