June 20 The Reality of Sin

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 4:1–7

Key verse: 2 Corinthians 4:7

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

Malcolm Muggeridge, the late British author who converted to Christianity, once said that the evening news was proof enough for the reality of sin.

Entering the human race through Adam’s rebellion in the Garden, sin pervades our planet, expressing itself most vividly in the twisted, tainted actions of men.

We sin because we are sinners. Every man and woman conceived on planet earth is born with a sin nature—a bent away from God that seeks to live independently of Him, either passively or actively rejecting Him.

If you trace your human heritage, you would ultimately arrive at Adam and Eve, the fountainhead of the human race. When they sinned, we all were dragged down with them, for our humanity was bound up in them.

The evidence that we are sinners is, as Muggeridge attested, quite obvious. Crime, drugs, war, greed, and corruption of every sort are the staple of our media diet. But the greater problem is that we as individuals experience the ravages of sin. After all, a society’s problems are but the culmination of individual ills. Its cure can be found only in Christ.

Dear Lord, I recognize that my basic nature is sinful. Only through Your provision for redemption am I set free from sin. Help me walk in this freedom instead of being a slave to sin.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 179). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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