Sin ambushes us. Hiding in secret places that exist within and among us. Then gradually destroying us all.
Interestingly, nicely advertized sins like gluttony, greed, and lust share the same root system with less fashionable sins like pornography, theft, and sexual deviancy. They share a common source and cause.
Because light cannot coexist with darkness, there is coming a day. A day of uprooting. A day when everything will be brought kicking and screaming into the light. As Paul puts it: "This will take place when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares" (Romans 2:16 NIV).
STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY
We don't talk much about Judgement these days. It is terrifying! Who wants all their private thoughts, practices, fantasies, etc., MADE PUBLIC to every creature that has ever existed? Displayed for the entire universe to see. We all know instinctively that we harbor enemy impulses in some of our secret places. Rebellious, demonically inspired, ungodly impulses.
But there is another perspective about Judgement Day. For there to be a culture in which sin can no longer exist, it MUST happen. Every root cause exposed. Every secret chamber opened and completely cleansed. Then His family system can finally be open, transparent, loving, and honest - in a word - HOLY.
A functional family system in which we are free to show the full extent of our love for our Father and one another.
Wouldn't that be heaven!