As I walked out of the supermarket with all my groceries stuffed under the buggy car, I realized that I did not pay for 2 packs of milk I had in my handbag. The kids were particularly cranky that Saturday. All I wanted was to get home real quick, quiet them and have my peace. As I continued walking, I heard these words; sin is sin!
I was like “huh!” I thought my daughter number one spoke but she was so busy arguing with her baby brother, it had to be someone else. Then I heard the voice once again, this time down in my spirit; sin is sin. Then I realized it was the Holy Spirit speaking. I slowed down and finally paused to listen. The Lord reminded me of the woman who was about to be stoned for adultery. Do you know that story? Well, let me summarize it for you.
The adulterous woman
John chapter 8 introduces us to the story of a woman caught in the act of adultery. She was now brought in public to stoned according to the law. I always wonder if she committed the act with a stick, a tree or a cucumber. Where was the man she committed the act with and why was he not brought out to be stoned as well is a discussion for another post. The scribes and the Pharisees come forward and ask Jesus;
“Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?”
and this is the interesting part, Jesus answers;
“He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Jesus didn’t say “He who has never committed adultery can throw the first stone”. You know why? Because sin is sin and all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is no sin that is greater than another.
Thou shall not steal
So how does John 8 related to my forgetting to pay for milk you ask? Well, here is the thing; many times we, especially Christians classify sin into
- The ‘small’ sin,
- The not-to-bad-sin,
- The God-will-not-be-mad-at-me sin,
- The Atleast-I-am-not-a-killer type of sin
You name it, the list is long. Yes, I forgot to pay for those packs of milk and left the supermarket BUT I quickly found out I had not paid. Yes, I had cranky children who were certainly acting out because of hunger. Yes, I was tired. Yes, I always do all to do that which is pleasing in the sight of God, this once is not that bad nah. Yes, I do not kill, commit adultery or some other sin we normally stone other people for BUT I now had the choice to do the right thing, to go back and pay for it or go home and be a thief in the eyes of God who sees the unseen. That’s what the Holy Spirit wanted me to know.
The wages of sin is death
Beloved, God hates sin. He cannot cohabit with sin. That is why He will constantly remind us and let us know when we are going astray. His love for us is so great that He will not let us perish. Instead, God will reveal to redeem. Matthew 5:22 makes it clear, that anyone who says ‘you fool’ to his brother is in danger of hell fire. This means we need to constantly check our hearts, our thoughts, our motives and our actions to make sure that they are in line with God’s precepts and quickly repent and adjust when we fall short.
Yesterday, as I laid recovering from a gastrointestinal infection, my neighbor whom I am fond of came to borrow my bus ticket as she told me she lost hers and needed to step out. It would have been easy to give her mine but I was quickly reminded that sin is sin, and I told her I couldn’t do that because it will be identity fraud which punishable by law. Though she wasn’t happy with my response, I wasn’t bothered because I now know better than to please man and sin against God.
What I learned
My supermarket experience reminded me of the following:
- God is merciful but He is also just. He stands by His words. When He says “Flee from sin”, and that “The wages of sin is death”, then He means every word.
- He loves us enough to call our attention to those sins that we tend to neglect and requires that we act accordingly.
- I was reminded that God shows no favoritism. It doesn’t matter if you are a pastor or Pope, He will judge and punish ANYONE who deserves punishment.
About the almost-stolen milk
I carried myself back to the supermarket and declared that I forgot to pay and I was surprised at how surprised the cashier and other clients were that I came back instead of going home with 3 cranky kids. After all, it was JUST milk and didn’t cost up to 2€. But again sin is sin, right?
Have you ever been in such a situation? I’ll love to hear about your experience in the comments area below.
God bless you.