Have you ever thought the sins you struggle with now will go away with age? Many of us believe that once we reach a certain age, the sins we struggled with when we were younger will go away. Nothing is farther from the truth. Sin does not cease with age.
Ninety-five percent of teenage men struggle with porn, the other five percent are lying. I’ve talked to young men about this issue. Many of them believe their addiction to porn will end once they turn a certain age. It’s as if age alone sanctifies us. If you think age will rid you of your sin, you might as well indulge in all the sin you want. Thinking age will rid you of your sin is like thinking the older you get, the more healthy and agile your body will become.
Greed, pride, lying, sexual immorality, cheating and gossiping are examples of sin that will not cease with age. You will never reach an age where your desire to sin turns off. If you are a chronic liar, you won’t start telling the truth once you hit a certain age. Unless you actively fight against lying, you will remain a liar.
A couple of summers ago, I had some car problems. Something in my engine was making weird noises. I knew there was something wrong, but kept driving for the next month. My hope was that as I kept putting more miles on my car, it would fix itself. Unfortunately, my car never fixed itself. I had to take it to a mechanic and spend a thousand dollars to get it fixed. You think I’m crazy to think my car would fix itself don’t you? But don’t we treat our sin the same way? We may acknowledge sin in our life, but if we take no action to work on it, it’s as crazy as expecting a damaged car to fix itself. We can’t be passive with our sin and hope age will rid us of it; we must take action.
Identify the sins you struggle with, get plugged into a local church, find accountability, mentorship, and actively fight against those sins.
“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” Colossians 3:5.