During the latter half of my ride back up to NorCal a few weeks back, Edwin, Trevor and I took the time to listen to a sermon preached by Amos Yang on the topic of repentance; the fact that all Christians should and need to be constantly turning completely away from their sin, instead pursuing holiness in Christ. Not simply CONFESSING sin, but actively pursuing righteousness that can only be found in Christ.
One particularly conviction portion of the sermon was when Amos challenged his listeners: “If you cannot name 20 areas of sin in your life in less than a minute, you’re either a liar, delusional, or hopelessly comatose.” For me personally, this point hit home extremely hard… I began trying to number off how many sins I knew I needed to work on, and came up with three to four. Twenty areas? Is that too much? I think not. The fact that I can’t even IDENTIFY even more than three or four areas of my life that need improving and that I need to repent for… how can I possibly grow in my regeneration and sanctification if I don’t even know WHERE to grow?
I hope that in the same way I was convicted in this area of my life, I can also encourage you to inspect yourself. How many areas of sin can you identify in your own life? Two? Five? Twenty?
Just a small list presented by Amos in his sermon (from John Wesley):
1. Am I constantly or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? Am I a hypocrite?
2. Do I confidentially pass on to others what has been said to me in confidence?
3. Can I be trusted?
4. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
5. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
6. Does the Bible live in me daily?
7. Do I give the Bible time to speak to me every day?
8. Am I enjoying prayer?
9. When did I last speak to someone else of my faith?
10. Do I pray about the money I spend?
11. Do I disobey God in anything?
13. Do I insist on doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
14. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
15. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?
16. How do I spend my spare time?
17. Am I proud?
20. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
21. Is Christ real to me?
And added by Amos himself:
Is there someone I need to apologize to, ask forgiveness from, or reconcile with?
Is there a relationship I need to end?
Is there someone I delayed confronting due to a fear of man?
Am I honoring my parents in how I speak to them and how I think of them?
Am I sexually pure in my actions, motivations, and thoughts?
Am I being a godly steward of my academics?
Am I content with my marital singleness?
Do my social habits and lifestyle exemplify Christ and glorify God?
My prayer is that this list can help you to identify areas of sin in your own life, that you may grow in your sanctification and grow to honor Christ in all things.