Missing the Mark?

Bullseye-Missing-TargetMaybe our definition of sin needs some work. . .

Most of us have defined sin as “missing the mark.”  That is a pretty good rendering of the Greek word for sin.  But does missing the mark really seem so bad?

“Oh well, I missed the mark.  Better luck next time.”

It’s good to remember that Jesus wasn’t Greek, He was Hebrew.  And the Hebrew language has much more intense words for sin.  Each of them make you realize that sin is not to be trifled with.

A great author, John Bunyan, defined sin like this:

“Sin is the dare of God’s justice, the rape of His mercy, the jeer of His patience, the slight of His power, and the contempt of His love.”

Suzanna Wesley gave this definition of sin to her son John in a letter written in 1725:

“Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.”

Sin is certainly more than missing the mark…and it has the potential to cause you to miss the Kingdom!

I’m so thankful that if we confess our sins, Christ is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)

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About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (www.malachinetwork.org), a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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