Posture of the heart

21 03 2011

How do you feel about sin?  Whether or not it features in your vocabulary, it features in your life.  That makes you a sinner.  How do you feel about that?

I don’t like it.

Romans chapter 1 talks about all sorts of wickedness.  I don’t have a problem with murder, depravity and greed.  They’re bad.  But then Paul slots in gossip, pride, quarelling and other things that are a bit closer to home.  Does that mean that disobeying your parents is just as bad as killing someone?

In chapter 3, Paul talks about falling short of God’s standard – “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”  The “degree” of sin is not the issue.  (You might like to check out what Jesus says about this in Matthew 5:21-22; 27-28)

 It seems that sin is something other than “doing bad things”.  Here’s Paul again –

“Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like.”  (Romans 1:21)

I think sin is all to do with what Rob Bell calls, “the posture of the heart.”  We have a choice – the posture of our heart can be aligned with the fools of Psalm 14 who say, “There is no God”, or, as Rob says, “You can choose with the posture of your heart to worship, to be filled with wonder and awe, to believe that not only are we here for a reason but there is a big story being told and you and I each get to be a part of it.” (2.56)

It doesn’t matter whether I like it or not.  If this is true, I’d better face up and fess up, and let God be God.

~

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
(Proverbs 4:23)

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24 03 2011
Forgettings « moses supposes

[…] all my mother-in-law’s frailty, her faith does not waiver.  The posture of her heart is right, she prays for other people and she encourages her family to live […]

8 07 2011
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[…] in my heart language.  It’s a start, but getting its message into my heart, developing a posture of heart that is right towards God, […]

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