What is sin?
Sin is disobeying or not conforming to God's law in any way.
The idea of sin is seen at times as a bit old-fashioned. Each of us can see the sin of others from miles away, but we are reluctant to define it as such. God's law is not some great spiritual mystery. Even young children know when they have been sin against. We are very capable of seeing sin in others, but much more reluctant to be honest with ourselves.
What is sin? Sin is a form of pride. When we sin against others, then we have decided that our own concerns are of a greater importance that of another. I stole that from you, because I deserve it. I was ignorant with you, because your presence annoyed me. I am more important and you should have known that. It shouldn't be hard to see how this type of attitude cannot exist in a community. If each of us has the same self-centered attitude, then no meaningful relationships can exist, and society breaks down. It doesn't take long until everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes.
That is what sin looks like in human interaction, but what about in relationship with God? We tend to do the exact same thing with God. Isn't that just ridiculous to think about? I know better than the Creator of universe, and I am going to do things my way. We never say it in those words. We say things like, "I know it is wrong, but God couldn't possibly understand my situation." That is just as ridiculous as the previous statement. The Creator, who has number the hairs on your head, knows where you are and each detail. Not only is he intimately involved in your situation, but through the incarnation of Jesus, he has lived our lives. He has walked in our shoes. He was faced with all the same sorrows and temptations, and he did not sin. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, he resisted that temptation. Jesus submitted himself to the authority of his Father, and perfectly obeyed the will of the Father.
Submission seems to be a dirty word in our society. Self-sacrifice is seen as being foolish to a lot of people, but society can only be built on submission. Every social ill has at its cause some type of pride or self-centeredness. When we believe ourselves above another, than we are mere steps from disaster.
True submission begins with God. Self-sacrifice without God is called self-righteousness. We must first submit ourselves to our Creator. We have to come to a point of decision. We must look at the vastness of the universe and see ourselves in that light. When we see the vastness of God creation, reckon the true enormity of God, and our insignificance, then we are able to act in a truly submissive ways to the world at large. Submission is not being a doormat. Submission is truly accepting that you are not as important as you think you are. Know that you are completely insignificant, but in some bizarre paradox this ridiculously enormous God has drawn you to himself. He has not only drawn you to himself, but he has drawn you to himself in the most costly manner imaginable. While you and I were actively involved in a civil war against him, he sent his only Son to redeem us and repair the damage that our rebellion has caused. The Son veiled his deity, denied himself his own glory, and became a completely insignificant human being. The presence of divinity in the incarnation made that the only significant human being to ever live. The humility of the incarnation is an idea so incredibly outrageous, but the story doesn't stop there. Jesus, God of very God, suffered the death of a criminal. He bore the alienation and rejection of the Father, that we should have rightly suffered. He did all of this to reunite mankind to his Creator. Our rebellion against the authority of God deserved the death penalty, and God has borne that penalty on our behalf. Until we can submit ourselves to God in that light, then how could we ever expect to engaged in a true and honest relationship with another? Once we have seen ourselves as God has seen us, then how could we ever see ourselves as more important than another. When submit ourselves to God's law, then we are able to submit ourselves to others in a love only possibly because of God's immense love for us.