Last evening we took the van to a Revival at Curry Church of Christ. Tim Spivy from the East Colbert congregation in Florence, Alabama was the speaker. He is taking all his texts this week from the stories of the Judges and last night, he taught about the growth of Gideon’s faith from timidly threshing wheat in a winepress to leading 300 men to defeat and army of 135,000 Midianites.
One point stood out to me as vital to our growth as Christians. Using Gideon’s actions to tear down the altar an idol of Baal, Tim stated that faith grows as we put away the sins that hold us back. He referred us to Heb. 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Then he paused and made this statement, “We will never grow closer to God than the sin that stands between us.”. How simply put, but how true! I thought of Isaiah 59:1-2 where Isaiah reminds God’s people that sin separates them from God. I quote again, “We will never grow closer to God than the sin that stands between us.”
Lelia N. Morris penned,
“Nearer, still nearer, Lord, to be Thine;
Sin, with its follies, I gladly resign,
All of it’s pleasure, pomp and its pride;
Give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified.”