Filling The Hole That Sin Leaves
What are we filling our time with? We've given up this sin, a habit that requires sneaking around and secrecy and deleting history and webpages; sin which takes a lot of energy to maintain and leads to death. So if it's truly gone, what are you filling that hole with? If we fill it with the wrong things, it won’t stay filled up and we’ll fall right back in!
Sometimes we nurse our wounds with the wrong medicine. If we fill our sin-time-gap with stuff of this world, it won't last long and we'll be as unsatisfied as ever. If we don't fill the hole that sin leaves with God—Philippians 4:8: "Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise"—then we're kidding ourselves about the problem being gone.
Frankly, since you had time and energy to maintain your recurring sin, you've got time and energy to be in the Word and communicating with God. Otherwise, even if the habit is dead and gone but you're not diving into the Word and deepening your prayer life, you're still telling God that that sin was more important than Him. How can we have made time for this sin but not make time for God? We found ways to make time for our sin so why are we not so dedicated to making time to get in the Word? Or to have conversations with God? Or to take time to praise Him?
We need to show God that He is the most important and we need to be sure to make time for Him. What is more important than God? What is more important than your relationship with Him? Nothing. Do you think God will accept it if we tell Him, “You know, I’ve just been so busy I haven’t had time to talk to you or read your book”? Excuses never work with God and He knows how much time we actually have.
Here are some quick examples of what the Bible says about how we should spend our time:
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.”
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
“Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying.”
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
This is about priorities and we need to make sure they are aligned with God. If God is not our top priority then things are starting on the wrong foot already. Do our lives reflect that God comes first? Does how we spend our time reflect that? If God is the most important thing in our lives, we would be bending over backward to spend time with Him and worship Him and live for Him. We make sacrifices to be with those we care about, so what sacrifices are we making for the Lord? What are we sacrificing so we can spend more time with Him or serving Him? Maybe we sacrifice sleep. Maybe we get up fifteen minutes earlier to spend time in prayer and/or the Bible. Maybe we sacrifice television. Maybe you give up some of your standard TV-watching time and spend it in the Word. Back in our old way of living, when we didn’t know any better (1 Peter 1:14) we made time for our sin because we were controlled by the sinful nature (Romans 8:6) but now we are controlled by the Spirit (Romans 8:9) so let us be as diligent in making time for God as we were in making time for our sin.
“But seek first the kingdom of God, above all else…”
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.