The whole idea of pursuing God is rooted in the internal knowledge of personal deficiency, that outside of us there is something better, there are pleasures far greater than we can ever estimate (Psalm 16.10).
This all points back to us being made in the image of God (Genesis 1.26-28).Our deficiency is not just perceived, it is a reality! Our consciences even bearing witness that we are not as we ought to be (Romans 2.14-15), this occurs even as we “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1.18). And the consequent anger, or wrath of God is revealed in opposition to this.
God made humanity upright and gave us the purpose of reflecting him and representing him in this world (Genesis 1.26-28). We, along with everything else, were made for the pleasure of God (Colossians 1.16).
These divine requirements are clear; in fact one person asked Jesus what his purpose was in life. And how did Jesus answer him?
Matthew 22:37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Pretty simple right? This is nothing less than an assertion by God to be the unrivaled, exclusive object of your affections!
God wants, no God demands, ceaseless love, appreciation, dependence, allegiance, attention, glory…just to name a few.
God is the sovereign Creator, the only one who does not look up on the org chart, so he therefore, makes the rules, and his rules are that he gets uninterrupted love & obedience from you and me; for it is God’s own enjoyment that is behind everything that he does, this includes the creation of you and me….God demands ceaseless worship.
How have you done?
Have you enjoyed one year of this type of love for God? No.
What about a month? No.
A week? No.
A day? No.
The truth be told, we have not given God what he demands.
And this presents a problem for us the creation. See because God is not willing to compromise his admittedly high standard to accommodate our regrettably low performance.
God has said in his eternal word that: For the wages of sin is death, (Romans 6.23)
That is the paycheck of sin is death.
What is sin? This word gets tossed around quite a bit in religious circles, but what is it?
Sin is simply not pleasing God…either by thought, word or deed. IT is to do what angers God instead of pleases him.
God is clear in the Scripture that every single one of us have fallen short of his standards.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
This is not some sort of falling short like we are “just missing” no instead we are missing, literally, we keep missing, the whole point!! We are not just a shade or two off of the bull’s-eye, we haven’t even hit the target!! We have missed the whole point of life!! We have crashed and burned.
We as creation are supposed to live for the pleasure of God and instead we have all put God in the backseat, only to navigate our own lives to destination of our own pleasures.
This is done at the expense of God’s glory, will, and pleasure.
So what is God going to do? Since God is just he must punish sin wherever it is found, he must exhaust his anger upon that which opposes his plan and his desire.
You might be saying that is a little extreme don’t you think? I would say yes. God is an extremist. According to the Bible he is extremely committed to receiving all of the praise and honor from everyone and everything.
Isaiah 42:8 8 “I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images.
The reason why sin is so bad is because of who God is.
As has been previously been written, God is eternal, meaning he has no beginning and no end, everything about him is eternal, his holiness or separation from sin is eternal, his justice is eternal.
Therefore when you and I sin we assault God’s character. Our sin brings eternal consequence.
Because God is eternal he punishes sin with eternal punishment. God will punish sinners forever in hell because his eternal perfections demand it!
That is the bad news. There is good news, however you must understand the problem before the solution.
The good news comes tomorrow.