Thursday, March 5, 2009

C. S. Lewis says, I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to rejoice as much by anything else.

i believe that another drive of sin is that through sin we have control over our own death. sin leads to death and by sinning we are having a control over our death. this is of course a dysfunctional relationship with sin, but never the less, not one without some power in it. originally Adam had this form of control over his own death, by sinning and causing God to intervene and create death for him and all of us.

we can know that The Lord Jesus Christ has defeated sin and conquered death in our minds, but until joy, which is the fruit of this knowing, consumes our hearts and minds, we will keep on sinning. either by striving in our own strength not to or by being led by temptation to do the things we know we should not do.

the solution is in what C. S. Lewis is saying though. the joy of the Lord in our life can radiate through our being causing the normal dysfunctions of the fallen world to be alien to us. the joy of the Lord is the garden once again, it is the essence of His kingdom. it is His kingdom, the fruit of His promised rest.

1 comment:

  1. The whole concept of joy has been on my mind a lot recently and I just happened to stumble upon you blog as i searched for an explanation behind this CS Lewis quote...i have been noticing a lack of joy in many of the believers I am around nowadays and it has caused to me to look inward and strive to exude more joy in my own life. You explain the CS Lewis quote well and I agree that until we focus ourselves on God to the point that joy is apparent then we are stuck in the cycle of sin. Blessings to you in this new year.