You scare me. You know that? Yep, you people freak me out. I’m sure you don’t like me, or you think I’m goofy looking or that my clothes are weird. I’m a shy girl. I think everyone is potentially mean and I’m afraid of mean. Most of life I’ve been surrounded by mean girls. So I’ve learned to protect myself by avoidance. Hence, the shy thing.
But shy doesn’t win, not when faith trumps doubt. My nature is to be shy, to fear man, to avoid people all together and to hide out at home, but my nature is sinful, corrupt, and selfish. And my shyness turned tail and ran when I started to realize that it was a sin. My sin was that I put more importance on myself, my feelings, my fear, my failure, than on my God. I made life all about me, instead of all about him. Ugh! What a mess!
I confess that I’m self-obsessed. I worry about what you think about me, but thanks be to God who not only forgives me for that sin, but redeems me from it, giving me a new life for my old one. Setting me free to love you no matter what I might think you might think of me, and to talk to you, even if it scares me. The new life that God promises in 2 Corinthians 5:17, where he says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come,” that’s the stuff of bravery. That’s the stuff that allows me to say no to my nature, and yes to His.
I am so thankful that my shyness is sin, because sin is something that Christ did away with on the cross. (see Colossians 2:14-15) It’s something that no longer has control over me, and while I’ve allowed it to have some control for a lot a years, now I’m wiser, and I know I don’t have to do that. Because sin will not be my master, because I am not under law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14)
Have you read Romans 6? Have you seen what you can be set free from? Everything, every sin that controls you. Take a look:
“count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.” Romans 6:11-14
What sin are you letting rule your life? Are you shy? Do you fear? How about worry? Got any? When did sin become acceptable as just a part of your personality? Will you join me in showing sin the door and letting righteousness take up residence in your life?
Hi, I’m Hayley and I’m a sinner, saved not only for heaven, but from the bondage and slavery to my sin, what’s your name?