When I was a teen, I walked away from God as I had been baptised at a young age. I started having sex, I tried smoking weed but I didn’t like it. I never liked ‘drinking’, and I just could not understand the logic behind getting drunk, so I ensured I never drank too much. I worst didn’t like parties even though I attended a few to see if I would like the setting. I was searching for something to fill a void I felt inside. That search was costly.
No one, except for the Church, told me that there was a price for my disobedience. And the sad thing was that I refused to listen to what the Church had to say.
Sin is a deceptive lifestyle. It makes you feel like nothing is wrong with how you live and that the Church is just here to oppress you. The truth about sin is the best kept secret to those who live it. The truth is, sin (disobedience to God) has a price that must be paid.
Joshua 7:11 records God telling Joshua that “Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff. Therefore, the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you.”
Committing a sin, disobeying God, can cause us to suffer loses. In the verse above, “sinned” in Hebrew (חטא, transliterated châṭâ’) means to miss [the goal/standard]; to sin; and by inference it means to forfeit (Strong’s Concordance). When you forfeit something, it means that you have lost or given up something as punishment or because of a rule/law (Merriam-Webster).
What did I give up to live in sin? I gave up purity, peace of mind, joy, love, and contentment. The price I paid was suffering from depression, having thoughts of and attempting suicide, having low self-esteem, and feeling as if i was invaluable and unimportant.
Sin has a price. In Joshua 7 (please read the entire chapter for yourself) one man named Achan disobedied God. Many people had to die because of it. God told the people that when they fight against Jericho, they should take all the gold, silver, brass, and iron to be placed in the temple/tabernacle. Then he told them that everything else should be destroyed as he considered the things cursed. Achan took some garments (the cursed item) and he stole some of the gold and silver that belonged to God.
What was the price of Achan’s sin?
- About 30 men died in the next battle as God presence did not go with them.
- Achan’s entire family was stoned to death along with him.
Disobedience has a price. Persons who get involved in gangs or criminal activities, at times pay a steep price as it has resulted in an innocent family member being killed or imprisoned.
If Achan had been obedient, his life and the life of many innocent people would have been spared. If I had been obedient, I would not have had to battle with overcoming my addiction to sex and changing how I saw myself.
If you had been obedient, what payment would you not need to pay?
If you remain obedient, what are some of the things you can avoid?
I want to encourage you, be obedient to God’s instructions or you may lose the job, husband/wife, child, or home you were supposed to get. We should not think our disobedience will be rewarded. And as long as we are still practising or keeping the sin, we will be stuck where we are, unable to obtain our promises.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 ESV
Written by: Klasik Krys ~ Creator of the blog site, lover of God, and an inspirational speaker. Developer of the YouTube Channel “Purposeful Inspiration”.