Sin Isn’t The Problem

I’m an awful patient when I’m sick. Awful. I hate being sick. Thankfully I don’t get sick all that often. I chalk it up to regular doses of Chipotle. It has healing powers.

Sickness comes with symptoms. Sometimes if you notice the symptoms early enough you can do something to prevent yourself from getting worse.

For a Christian sin isn’t the real issue. It’s a symptom. It’s a symptom that is supposed to point to what our real problem is.

Worry is nothing more than an emotion.

Anger is an emotion.

Jealousy is an emotion.

Lying is a response to an emotion of wanting others to think something false about you.

Lust is often the response to other issues. My friend who went to counseling to help with a porn addiction told me that often the response to lust comes from being, 1.Bored. 2. Lonely. 3. Tired. 4. Hungry. Now lust is immediate gratification but so often it’s sought after to fix another issue.

Our sin isn’t the issue. It’s the symptom of what’s really wrong with us. We all have different triggers. We all have different symptoms. But all of our sin points to the real issue.

We need a cure.

The answer is not to simply not want to be sick anymore. The answer is to find the cure. The cure is not about doing more for yourself. The cure is death. When you lose your life you will truly find the cure.

The cure is to love Jesus with all our hearts and to love others like we love ourselves. Every sin is a result of selfishness.

The cure is to pour yourself out.

You see Jesus is the cure but then we are called to go help spread the cure. The vast majority of the counseling sessions that I have could be summed up with a lack of investing in others.

Christians get the cure and then keep it to themselves which is like taking half of the medication. True spiritual health starts with Jesus but then quickly goes to investing in others.

Who is counting on you to not mess up? Who is counting on you to teach them about God? Who is counting on you love them even when they bring nothing to the table? Answer that and you’ll discover true spiritual health.

So who do you need to invest in? 

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Rob Shepherd

I am the full-time husband of a wonderful woman! I love being married! We are proud parents to twins, Hayden and Reese. In my spare time I am the pastor of Next Level Church. I have a relationship with God and it is an adventure. Oh and I wrote a book. It's called Even If You Were Perfect Someone Would Crucify You.


  1. Jim
    November 29, 2013

    WOW??? I think we need to invest in everyone we meet. Our spouses, our kids our family and friends.

  2. November 29, 2013

    O.K., so these are some good words, but the question is, what am I going to do with them today?

  3. Kelly Miller
    November 29, 2013

    The Albert Einstein quote, ‘Only a life lived for others is a life worth living’ means that the only way to find true happiness in life is by helping and serving others.
    I love this quote but, I think most importantly, we need to look in the mirror each day and ask our own self what WE need today. A well taken care of self makes the best giver.

    • November 29, 2013

      Dang, this is spot on. It has nothing to do with selfishness. I can’t look up and out if I am so focused on down and in.

    • December 1, 2013

      As well as it is a way to make ourself happy, taking care of others is a way to please God, too. When you please God, your needs will be attended to.

  4. November 29, 2013

    “Look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.”


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