What's your problem?
What’s your biggest problem? What’s the one thing, which, if it were sorted right now, would have the biggest impact on your life?
If you’re student, it might feel like exams. If you’re in your 20s, it might feel like getting onto the property ladder. If you’re in your 30s, it might feel like raising a family.
Work. Money. Family. Health. Relationships. Life’s problems can feel endless.
But what does God say is our biggest problem? The answer may not even make it onto the bottom of our list.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:12-13
Our biggest problem is our sin - those desires inside our hearts that put ourselves at the centre and push God to the side. Even as Christians - people who have received the full and final forgiveness that Jesus bought on the cross - we must now put to death the sin that still infects our heart.
And, if we don’t, you have to question whether we have received God's forgiveness in the first place.
Cancer of the soul
Our sin couldn’t be more serious.
A family friend was diagnosed with a brain tumour in her forties. After tests, the doctors recommended that she let them remove it.
The operation was risky, but, if the tumour wasn’t removed, our friend would die.
What would she have thought if the doctors had told our friend to just put up with it? “Oh, just pretend it’s not there.”
I think she’d be horrified. I certainly would.
And if that’s the attitude we have to a physical cancer, how much more the spiritual cancer that plagues our hearts?
John Owen famously wrote,
“be killing sin or it will be killing you.”
My exams, housing or family may feel like big problems. But they're not as big as the sin that infects my heart.