Pastor Idleman turns to the Cain and Abel episode in Genesis to explain what we normally feel when we sin.
Now before you go there, most of us don’t murder our brothers so don’t draw that parallel because the murder of Abel is just a “representative” sin. What did Cain do before he committed his sin? He ignored the warning.
Sin sensitivity is something that is in the arsenal of the “Christian in Practice”, a term I prefer to use instead of “righteous Christian.” Righteous Christian could be turned into self-righteous Christian too easily so I am uncomfortable using that term. The CIP is someone who is trying to live a better life; it may be obvious to others or it may not be. The CIP is not calling attention to their life choices; he or she is just living it. If they are making good choices and if others are paying attention to them, that’s cool. If others are not, that’s ok. They just plod on and experience that “peace that passes all understanding.”
We can have sensitivity to sin by looking at what triggers the sin. In Cain’s case it was the rejection of his 2nd rate offering to God. Then came jealously, upset and anger because Abel’s offering was blessed by God. Rejection is the first trigger. The negative feelings were the 2nd trigger and after these two experiences, Cain murdered Abel–the sin.
The triggers were the warnings which Pastor Idleman writes about when he has God saying “Now wait a minute, Cain. Push pause.” You know the end result. Pastor Idleman says Cain “sleepwalks” through all this and lures his brother out and murders him.
The question of the day: Do you sin on a regular basis? What are the triggers to your sin? Hint: smells, emotions, images, friendships……[this list is very long]. Is there anything you can to do increase your sensitivity? To stop sleepwalking and when God says “push pause”– you hit that button.