A young woman walked into a church to talk to the pastor. She told the pastor that although she did not regularly attend church she believed in God, had a prayer life, was kind to people, and tried hard to live by the Ten Commandments. Despite it all she could not rid herself of a nagging sense of sin and guilt.
“Why is it,” she asked, “that my friends who do not believe in God, who freely admit that they do not take religion seriously, are never troubled by any consciousness of guilt?”
Her question was not a new one for the pastor. “Tell me”, he said, “if I were to lay a hundred pounds of stone upon a corpse, would it feel the weight?”
“No. I’m sure it wouldn’t”, she replied.
“Because the corpse has no life in it and is unable to feel the load.”
“Exactly!” replied the pastor. “And that is why the person who is indifferent to his spiritual needs can say that he doesn’t feel the weight of sin. He is dead, spiritually.”
It has always been true that the Christian has been more conscious of his personal sinfulness in the sight of God than the careless unbeliever.
King David admitted, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.” (Psalm 51:3)
The Christian sees his sin. A person who walks in the darkness can’t see the smudges on his clothes. But once he walks in the light he immediately becomes conscious of his filthy condition.
There is nothing surprising at all in this young lady’s concern over her personal sin. In fact, her deep concern was a sign that the Spirit of God was indeed working in her heart.“If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and knows all things.” (I John 3:20). God, who is greater than our hearts, looks at us, not in our sins, but in Christ Jesus. Because of Jesus all of your sins are forgiven!!!! As the book of Romans so wonderfully reminds us, “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”