Show me a baseball player with a career batting average of .857, and I’ll show you a Hall of Famer. But in the Christian life .857 isn’t acceptable. It’s sub-par in God’s eyes. Yesterday, we saw how Christ addressed the church of Thyatira for its besetting sin. We learned the importance of seeing the good points in people rather than focusing on their shortcomings. Nevertheless, sin must be addressed sooner or later.

Jesus did not put this matter off, saving it for a subsequent letter He would dictate to John for private delivery. He quickly got to the heart of the problem and confronted the church for tolerating immorality. We might think Thyatira’s sin wasn’t really a big deal, considering they had six things for which Christ commended them. Getting 6 out of 7 things right isn’t bad. But that’s not how God works. He wants us to be like Christ, and He cannot lower His standard of perfection to tolerate even the smallest sin in our lives.

The major issue Christ brought to light in the church needed to be addressed, or it threatened to destroy the church. God knows our besetting sins will not only choke out our good character, but they will be hindrances in the Christian race. He loves us too much to leave us where we are. .857 isn’t good enough.

Maybe God has blessed you with a warm personality and exceptional ability, but you’ve been harboring bitterness and resentment in your heart. Do not think for a moment that your sin, however private, has no bearing on your personal character or your relationships with others. .857 isn’t good enough. Allow the Searchlight of God’s Word to shed light on the sin which besets you so you can confess it and be restored to fellowship with Him.

No sin is small. No grain of sand is small in the mechanism of a watch. — Jeremy Taylor

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.