Have you ever fought against your sin so intensely that you have actually sweat blood? You know what I am talking about, right? If you are like me, I have never fought so intensely to sweat blood. Have I even sweat in fighting sin?
What is Justin talking about? Sweating blood. As I was studying further on a future blog post, I came across Hebrews 12:4. For some reason the verse really jumped out at me. Perhaps it is from recently blogging about similar ideas. I do not know.
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
What I do know is that this has never been said of me. When sin comes with its ugly head, I have not fought it to the extent of sweating blood (Like Jesus, see Luke 22:44). I have never been soaked even in plain sweat while fighting sin. I have fought many times and still do–just not as intense as the author of Hebrews suggests. I have been worked up in the midst of fighting, but that is about as far as it gets.
The author of Hebrews assumption here is that we are not fighting as seriously as we should. It is as though the author is saying, “Come on guys, stop this wimpy fighting! FIGHT!”
The author seems to give a soft rebuke about not taking the fight as seriously as one should, but the author does not end there.
My plan is to expound on Hebrews 12 in the future, but what I want you to see is that God calls us children. I do not deserve to be called children (Hebrews 12:7). I do not deserve to be loved. I do not deserve to call God, “Daddy.” I do not deserve these things. Yet, they were given to me. I guess that is what they call grace.
Despite when I sin, I am still a child of God’s. Despite what your childhood was like, God is the perfect Father. He loves you perfectly. He wants the best for you. He is always there for you (1 Timothy 6:17).
I am God’s little son (1 John 2). He will love me when I fail. He will love me the same when I succeed.
Bleeding for Dad
Back to Hebrews, what does this mean for me? It means that I am called by “Dad” to resist my temptations because of God’s goodness. I resist and should resist to the point of bleeding because of my love for God. Grace motivates me.
If we resisted to the point of bleeding, we would not sin. Yet, we choose to sin.
The reason we resist to the point of bleeding is because of our love and appreciation for God. He died for us, loves us, is our Father, and only wants what is best for us. Sadly, we think we know better than God despite our need of being rescued by him.
We do not “bleed” for God because of a set of rules that we must follow, but because our joy is found only in Jesus.
- Do you fight your sin with intensity?
- Why do many struggle with seeing themselves as a child of God?
- Why is it hard to see resisting sin as a means to gain greater joy in God?