Numbers 32:23 King James Version (KJV)
23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.
How many times have people tried to bribe the Lord in order that He would overlook their sin? They tithe, volunteer and give, all the while playing games with God because of sin in their lives they never repented of.
Several years ago I met a retired detective from a large city in Florida. He was an occasional attender in the church where I served as pastor, coming to church about once a quarter or four times a year. He would tithe when he attended and volunteered to help the church in different ways. He was also living with his girl friend on weekends. I warned him from the pulpit (the message was to everyone, not just to him) and I told him personally more than once that he should not live this way, and that the penalty for the unrepentant fornicator is eternity in hell. Unbelievably, he played the financial card. He told me that if he married his girl friend, Florida law would prevent him from willing his estate to his son. (Keep in mind that as a police officer, he knew the law). Circumstances changed his life quickly and dramatically after I challenged him to live for Christ. He inhaled muriatic acid while cleaning a neighbor’s swimming pool while they were away. A sharp cough quickly turned into irreversible lung damage. I was notified while he was in the hospital and on a ventilator, hence I went to visit him. He was totally unconscious the entire time I was there and he never regained his senses. I did not have the opportunity to speak with him again. As far as I know, he died in his sins. I definitely know that he never repented publically. As a popular and well respected supervisor of detectives, he had police officers attend his memorial service as if it were a Fraternal Order of Police convention. There was standing room only. I had the privilege to share the gospel. The service centered on two things: 1)His exploits as a police officer, supervisor, and altruism on the job. He was indeed respected by his peers. 2)I shared the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, I could not couple the life of the deceased with the Gospel. As it turned out, his son did not receive the estate as expected, and it was contested by his girl friend. “Your sin will find you out.” It is a whole lot easier to simply repent. We cannot fool the Lord!
This scenario has been repeated in my small sphere of influence many times over. People tell me that they are living in willful disobedience to the Word of God because they cannot afford not to. Different variations of financial hardships are presented, supposedly forcing people to live together outside of holy wedlock. Rarely have I observed true repentance and people turning away from sexual sin. Often people do not seem to learn that they will NEVER know what it is to be blessed by the Lord until if/when they step out in faith and TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD. God opens His arms to anyone who simply repents and turns from their sin. Do not pass up His unbelievable grace. Make sure you are born from above (John 3:3) before the sand runs through your hourglass. Today is the day of salvation, we are not promised any tomorrows. Turn from your sin and trust Christ! He has done all the work on Mount Calvary because He loves you and He took your place and died for your sins. The just for the unjust. The eternal consequences of refusing God’s grace are tragic. Turn from your sin, be blessed and go to heaven. Do not become a sermon illustration of what not to do.
II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
It is the consummate oxymoron to claim you are a born again Christian while you are living in willful disobedience and rebelling at the word of God. You bring reproach upon Christ and upon your own life.
Luke 13: 3,5
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Jesus of Nazareth, 31 A.D.