Any utilitario mechanic will tell you that it's a miracle that your car keeps going without oil. Actually you will be scandalized if you know that you have not put oil on it for weeks and that your engine has been on the verge of falling apart. Car engines need oil to function properly and, to prevent disasters, manufacturers put a notice on the dashboard of the car that lets the driver know that he needs the lubricant.
As Christians we begin to walk in the footsteps of our Lord and the Holy Spirit of God enables us and enables us to live the new life that God has given us. As with the car, the Spirit brings conviction of sin into our lives and warns us when something is wrong. What is more! It helps us correct what is wrong and teaches us where to walk. The problem is that like the example of the car, we often get used to seeing the lights on and we do not do anything about it. I've gotten in cars of friends who have the light of the oil, the "Engine Check", the windshield water … it looks like a Christmas tree the dashboard of your car and they keep driving for months as if nothing happened.
Sadly we are sometimes the same with our lives. We condone sin in our lives and catalog it in levels with the "unthinkable" sins such as sexual infidelity, homicide, idolatry … but we also have "acceptable" sins such as lying, violating the laws of men such as piracy, traffic laws, etc. While we hold that stealing is wrong and it is one of those "unthinkable" sins, many Christians steal the pens of the office, the stapler, the calculator …
What an exaggeration! Those who see themselves under the spotlight of these accusations tell me. Perhaps it is prudent to remember the words of Hebrews 12:14 which says that without holiness no one will see the Lord. Or maybe the commandment of 1 Peter 1:16 "Be holy because I am holy." Or the same words of Jesus who explained to us in the Sermon on the Mount that we should live in holiness to be sons of our father who is in heaven.
When we ignore the Holy Spirit we run the risk of grieving Him (Ephesians 4:30) and if we continue without paying attention to his warning we can even cauterize our conscience. Words like "everybody does it, I do not think it's wrong", "what do you have, is it only once?", "It was not so bad, I do not think God cares" reveal that we still have our eyes on ourselves and not in the holiness of God. We must stop and honestly ask ourselves the questions: Am I looking for things above or those on earth? Am I amazed and amazed at the holiness of God? Does my way of living reflect that I am a child of God? Am I willing to deprive myself of tastes and privileges that go against the Word of God?
"Looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of the faith, who for the joy set before him suffered the cross, despising the reproach, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who suffered such a contradiction of sinners against himself, so that your spirit will not grow tired until you faint. Because you have not yet resisted even the blood, fighting against sin "(Hebrews 12: 2-3)
Originally published in Study the Word on October 23 by Dr. Jorge A. Salazar
Author: Jorge A. Salazar
Pastor Jorge A. Salazar is a doctor in Systematic Theology. He is a member of the Global Missions Team (Willingdon Church, Canada) and The Gospel Coalition. He is currently deputy director of World Serve for Latin America, Pastor Holder in La Paz de Cristo and Director of the Willingdon Bible Institute for Latin America as well as supervisor of the International Bible Institute in Arabic.