When I met Adam the first impression I had was strong as a lion, gentle as a lamb. His love for the LORD was fierce! He was competitive and adventurous. He was full of zest. He made me want to push myself to seek the LORD with all I have. In the same sense he was full of compassion and kindness. He loved wholeheartedly and felt pain deeply. Sadly, that intensity led to his death.
Adam shared his story on Bob McCustion’s television show Faith That Works just before Valentine’s Day this year. He was candid about his twenty year struggle with drugs and alcohol. Adam talked about how he despised hurting the ones he loved. He referred to Romans 7:15 which says,” I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate”.
The concept of original sin was developed in the writings of St. Augustine. By definition, original sin is the innate tendency to sin in all human beings. It was inherited from Adam in consequence of the Fall. In other words, it was Adam’s fault. The very first Adam that is. You know, Eve’s husband...but my friend Adam, the one that felt the weight of his mistakes and the effects it had on others so profoundly, claimed ownership. Yet, it was not his right of possession. He could not bear the load. There is only ONE that can. Romans 8:3 declares, “The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So GOD did what the law could not do. HE sent his own SON in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body GOD declared an end to sin's control over us by giving HIS SON as a sacrifice for our sins.” We cannot do it!
When someone we love passes away we often wonder why it couldn't be different. When we have struggles we beg GOD to change our circumstance. We don't understand why it is this way. Genesis 3:1-9 describes “the fall”. In verses 6 and 7 Adam and Eve partake of the apple and “their eyes are opened”. Before, there was no shame in their nakedness. The point was entire transparency and vulnerability...Complete harmony.
What was Satan offering them? The Deceiver simply offered them more. Satan says you can be like GOD. Sin is about wanting GOD’s job while losing sight of HIS glory. Lucifer whispers in your ear, “if you could just get___you’ll be happy”. My friend Eric George hit it spot on when he said, “sin always over promises and under delivers”. In the aftermath of sin we feel a huge sense of shame, guilt, and brokenness. In the moment we don't see it, but subsequently we are lost. When we don't know who we are, we are set adrift. The LORD asks, “Where are you?”(Gen 3:9) not because HE doesn't know, but because we don't know. GOD throws Adam and Eve out of HIS presence because HE cannot look on sin. We are refugees from paradise and the only way to get home is to quit hiding our brokenness.
Peace is still possible. Colossians 1:19-20, reads “For GOD was pleased to have HIS fullness dwell in HIM, and through HIM to reconcile to HIMSELF all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through HIS blood, shed on the cross. GOD says, “where are you”? Let me bring you peace.
Where are you...faking, hiding, covering? It is exhausting!!! JESUS says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”(Matthew 11:28). I was so grateful to hear my friend Adam say in his interview on Faith That Works, “Don't ask GOD to help you. Tell HIM you surrender so that HE can do it for you.” Adam recalled after he surrendered to JESUS, “ I felt like I could finally be free”. If you are lost JESUS is the way.