What is the lasting consequence of sin?

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned. Romans 5:12

Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or males who have sex with males, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I am warning you about these things — as I warned you before — that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God,” since God is not tempted by evil, and he himself doesn’t tempt anyone. But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desire. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death. James 1:13-15

Our sin has separated us from God and brought us under corruption, guilt, and God’s holy wrath.

Have you ever heard the analogy that God is like an electrical outlet? Imagine it for a moment. God is our source of power. If we are a lamp, then we have to be plugged into the outlet to get the electricity. If we’re not plugged into the source of power, we won’t be connected to the electricity and won’t be able to give light to the room.

God is holy, and he is our source of life and power. But we can only experience that power to the extent that we’re growing in our relationship with God through Christ and loving his people. If we’re in a growing relationship with God, then we’re plugged into his life and power. We will be full of light and will shine on those around us!

But, on the flip side, if we walk in darkness and sin, if we turn away from God, then we will be unconnected to that source of life and power. Our light will flicker and go dim.

That’s the ultimate danger with sin. Not only will we not have a relationship with our heavenly Father who loves us, but we will eventually begin to lose our sense of his life in us. Sin separates us from God. And God is our source of life. By God’s grace, we might be able to continue unconnected from him for a while, but we won’t last like this forever.

That’s why we always have to remember the seriousness of sin. Sin threatens to separate us from our only source of life and power—God.

Think about the things that separate you from God—the source of your life and power. Then, ask God to reconnect you back to himself.

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