Profound Simplicity

Genesis 4:7 (ESV)
“if you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”

Early in Scripture, we see a simple, but profound truth: Sin is not to have dominion over you. Note there is a big difference in being free from sin and sin having dominion. None of us on this side of the cross will ever be free from sin; only One lived such a life and that was Jesus Christ. While we aspire to live a life such as our Lord did, we can never attain such a lofty goal while still clothed in our fleshly existence. But we can—and must—no longer allow our sinful ways to dominate our daily walk ever more.

The day we professed Jesus as Lord of our life and Savior, we also committed ourselves to becoming a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:9-10; Romans 6:1-4). The meaning of being a new creation is not about no longer being a sinner, but rather no longer allowing sin to control our daily life.

The simple truth that God spoke to Cain long ago is exactly what the New Testament writers were also professing. To know God means to know what it means to please Him, and that is to not let sin rule over you, for if we truly know God we know how much He hates sin. It means we must strive to not repeat the same sins of yesterday tomorrow; that we must press on each day growing in the grace of God, all the while realizing that when we falter, He is faithful to forgive us if only we confess from a broken and contrite heart (1 John 1:9; Psalm 51:10).

To not allow sin’s dominion in our lives requires a walk that is bathed daily in His Word. When we truly understand God and what He wants from us as His children, the freedom to allow sin dominance in our lives is forever realized: the meaning of the words of Jesus recorded in John 8:32 take on a whole new meaning.

Cain, like many others today, failed to grasp this simple reality. He instead allowed a heart full of pride to ultimately lead him down a road of destruction.

Cain provides us an example that we can learn from. We all have many choices to make in this life; the question is are you making these choices with the light of God or from the depths of evil?