Tuesday – March 20, 2018 – Conviction of Sin.
John 16:8-11 (NKJV) And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
Sin is often compared to sickness and that is a helpful way to think of it. All of humanity is infected with the sickness of sin. Most people will admit that they are not perfect, but the mistake that they make is to under estimate how far from perfection they are. We need the Holy Spirit to do that for us. The problem is that there are many voices in the world that try to convince us that we are fine. Conviction is one of the most important roles of the Holy Spirit. Without it, we will not be able to be free and worse, we will die.
Suppose that you are aware that there is something wrong with your health and you see a doctor to get a diagnosis. He does a cursory check up and tells you that you need to make a few changes to your lifestyle and you will be fine. He gives you an exercise plan and changes your diet. He tells you to get more sleep and to meditate to destress. You welcome the good news, but follow the advice of trusted friends and seek a second medical opinion. The second doctor takes your complaint more seriously and runs tests that the other doctor did not run, and he comes back to you and says, “I have some bad news for you, your sickness is very serious, as a matter of fact you are going to die.” He lays out all the medical evidence before your eyes and convinces you that his diagnosis is correct and that the other doctor is way off base. Your conviction will lead you to seek a remedy for your sickness.
Suppose further that this doctor tells you that he has a remedy for your sickness and that it is free. What would you do? The obvious answer would be to take the remedy and continue to live.
Spiritually, it is not always obvious to people that they are sick, and many would not want to know even if they were. They want to continue to live in a carefree way. They become convinced that living a good life is enough to continue to live. Spiritually, they make a few adjustments comparable to participating in an exercise program and changing their diet. They get more sleep and meditate to destress. They might even take some vitamin supplements for more energy. If that is the course of action that they take, they will surely die. They must take the remedy of Jesus dying on the cross as payment for their sin. If they believe that they will live.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, thank you for convincing me that I am a sinner and need a savior. Thank you that Jesus paid the penalty for my sin and that I am no longer spiritually sick.