I went to the grocery store this morning and was confronted with sin in an unexpected way.
No, I didn’t covet someone else’s cart full of goodness.
No, I didn’t get irritated with the bag boy.
No, I didn’t pocket something extra without paying for it.
I bought sinful produce. At least that is how it was advertised.
What? How are these tomatoes sinfully sweet? When did decadence and sweetness become synonymous with sin? It concerns me that we use powerful, meaningful words to describe flippant things.
Sin exists and includes all thoughts and actions that sadden the heart of God. Sin is not the enjoyment of pleasurable things. God gives good gifts and wants us to enjoy them in the best possible context (James 1:17). Sin is not the enjoyment of life, food, togetherness, or intimacy. Sin is the ugliness that separates me from God. I sin when I stubbornly think I can live without God. I sin when I try to enjoy God’s good gifts in ways He doesn’t allow. I sin when I do not love others or live sacrificially. I sin when I live out of unbelief and doubt God’s goodness, sovereignty, and holiness.
I sin, yes, but I can assure you that it has nothing to do with the ripeness of my tomatoes.
Tomatoes are not sinful. Chocolate is not sinful. People are sinful. My heart is sinful and daily in need of a Savior. I am thankful that there is a cure for my state. A sacrifice that has cleansed my heart. Jesus’ work is more powerful than any sinful thought or deed I could ever commit.
And that work is far more satisfying than the most “sinfully sweet” produce in the world!