Rom.3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Is sin even still a thing? No one ever mentions that word any more. Maybe you use the word mistake instead. The problem with mistake is that mistakes are accidental. Sin is a much bigger problem. Sin is intentional. This is the way I define it; sin is what we do we God Himself is not enough for us. Sin makes promises but it ignores the consequences. The promise sin makes is pleasure but the pleasure it offers is temporary. There is a better way. There is a hidden, secret pleasure that is even greater than the pleasures of sin. What am I talking about? I am speaking of the pleasures of God. Yes, you heard me right. There is a pleasure found in knowing Him that is greater than any temporary pleasure that sin offers us. Here is how John Piper describes sin and its inferiority to the pleasures of God.
“Paul said, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Sinning is a “falling short” of the glory of God. But the Greek word for “falling short” means “lack.” The idea is not that you shot an arrow at God’s glory and the arrow fell short, but that you could have had it as a treasure, but you don’t. You have chosen something else instead. This is confirmed in Romans 1:23 where people “exchanged the glory of “the incorruptible God for an image.” That is the deepest problem with sin: it is a suicidal exchange of infinite value and beauty for some fleeting, inferior substitute. This is the great insult. In the words of Jeremiah, God calls it appalling. “Be appalled, O heavens, at this, and shudder, be very desolate, declares the LORD. For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water”. What is the essence of evil? It is forsaking a living fountain for broken cisterns. God gets derision and we get death. They are one: in choosing sugarcoated misery we mock the life giving God. It was meant to be another way: God’s glory exalted in our ever-lasting joy.”
So which fountain are you drinking from, you can’t drink from both. You can buy into the lie of temporary satisfaction in the things of this life or you can drink from the fountain of living water that will satisfy the deepest parts of your life.