So I was reading in Isaiah today and an important point came to mind. Before we get into Isaiah though, I wanted to start in Romans.
In the sixth chapter of Romans Paul writes, “For the wages of sin is death,” (Romans 6:23 NLT). Sound pretty straight forward, but do we really get the point. If we are in sin, we are DEAD! When we come to Christ, and give our lives over to him, we come to life. We are no longer held by death, and we can finally live. I’ve heard so many people say they never felt so alive before Christ. I believe that’s true. Being spiritually dead can feel just like being actually dead. But when we come alive in Christ, we feel great!
What I read in Isaiah drew this point home for me. “For the dead cannot praise you; they cannot raise their voices in praise” (Isaiah 38:18 NLT). I believe that the main purpose of the Creation is to give glory to God. The best way for us to do that is to join in worship. If we cannot worship God, and lift up His praises, we aren’t doing the very thing we were created to do. Being in sin causes us to be dead, and when we are dead, so is our worship.
So do you still live in sin? I’m not here to say it’s easy. It is a constant battle for anyone, myself included. But if you don’t have Christ, then your answer is yes. Your sin stays with you and makes you dead. But, if we finish the verse from Romans, “the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 NLT), we see that God offers that opportunity to come to life. We simply have to recognize our need for salvation, and ask Him for it. When we do that, we are finally able to lift our voices and do the very thing we were created to do; Praise His holy name!!!!!