ďIím Missing OutĒ
Every Thought Captive, part 6
Wildwind Community Church
February 25, 2007

Today I want to bring our Every Thought Captive series to a close. As most of you know, every week we have looked at a different lie people believe that causes various types of spiritual problems. Today weíre gonna look at ďIím Missing Out,Ē only thatís not a lie Ė itís just a thought people have that they need to know how to take captive and deal with. See the first step in following Christ is whatís called repentance Ė turning around and going the opposite direction from the way you have been going previously. In doing so, we leave behind certain patterns of thinking, certain ways of behaving, probably even certain ways of talking, and we decide to learn new ways of thinking, new ways of behaving, and new ways of talking. This is good. Itís an essential part of the act of turning oneís life over to Christ to become one of his students, one of his followers.

But hereís the problem. Sin is fun. For a season. Sin is always fun for a season. Nobody would ever sin if it werenít fun. When people use drugs they donít say, ďGive me the dang straw. You know I donít like being high, but Iím still going to force myself to get high ten times a day.Ē ďPass the Penthouse. I get nothing whatsoever out of looking at these pictures, but I promised myself several years ago that I would discipline myself to look at these magazines regularly.Ē ďOkay, Iím going to hit you now. I really donít want to, itís just that I have made a commitment to indulge my anger anytime I get a chance.Ē ďWhy donít you come to my place tonight Ė my spouse is out of town. Donít get me wrong Ė I completely have no desire to have an affair with you, but when I was a kid I promised myself Iíd grow up to be an adulterer, and thatís a promise I intend to keep.Ē

Thatís not how sin happens, is it? Doesnít sin always happen because sin is fun for a season? Ever seen Goodfellas? Or The Godfather? Or Leaving Las Vegas? Or Lord of War? Or 80% of all other Hollywood dramas? So many stories about people who got involved in sin because it was fun, and lived the high life for a while, until the life began living them. Stories about people who were ultimately undone by the fun, and found themselves enslaved by what had been merely an interest, a hobby, a pastime, a vocation.

So sin is fun for a season. It always gets its pound of flesh, but that doesnít make the fun any less fun, when there is still fun left to be had. And itís precisely here that we run into our problem. If it wasnít so fun, weíd have no trouble with it, but because it is fun, we struggle greatly with it. If you genuinely like alcohol and decide that your drinking lifestyle is not compatible with following Christ, then you give it up, but you miss it, because it was fun. If you like looking at porno, and decide you canít do that as a Christ-follower anymore, you might give it up, but youíre