If you have spent anytime at all in your life around church, church people, or churchy things you may have heard a term there called "original sin." It's the term that is used to define the state humankind is in since the first sin was committed by Adam in the garden of Eden. When Adam sinned, we all sinned. That two word summary is what is used to describe the mess we are, or at least the cause of the mess we are.
But I've been thinking a lot about something for several years, actually since I started reading the Bible in a serious manner, and my thought to you today is this: The messes of our lives may be a result of "original sin," but it was never God's original intent for us.
What was God's original intent for us?
I'm glad you asked.
God's original intent for us is to walk with Him in the cool of the day at total peace and contentment.
God's original intent for us is that we would not know what evil is or what evil can do.
God's original intent for us is that we would be His children with all the privileges and perks of being called a child of the King of Kings.
God's original intent for us is that we would never be tainted by sin. Never in our thoughts, never in our bodies, never in our souls.
God's original intent for us is that we would be free to serve Him wholeheartedly without the love and desires for the things of this world constantly battling for our attention.
God's original intent for us is to love Him with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths.
God's original intent for us is to love our neighbor as ourselves.
God's original intent for us is that we are His kids.
Despite what the "original" sin has done, it has never taken away the simple truth that we are still His kids, made in His image, with His original purpose still in place.
We are His original, made by an original God, for original things.
We were not made for despair or depression or disease or death.
We are made for joy and peace and health and life.
That design or intent never left when "original" sin first took hold of this world.
We were never meant to know the difference between good and evil. God's loving heart wanted to protect us from ever knowing what evil looked like, tasted like, felt like, smelled like.
God's original intent was for us to live free and serve Him freely without fear or shame.
So this is all well and good you may be thinking, but it doesn't change the fact that we are still living in the results of that "original" sin. True. It doesn't.
Have you ever thought past the fact of the original sin and into the realm of what His original intent was for us?
Think about that.
Think about what in your life would be different if you lived your life knowing what God's original intent was for you rather than suffering under the hopeless knowledge that you are under the curse of original sin.
Doesn't that get your juices flowing? Doesn't that whisper of hope get a little louder in your heart? Don't you want to see where your life may go if you marinate in the juices of original intent rather than live your life suffering in the path of original sin?
I'm not going to give you a particular word or verse to look up today, I'm going to make you do the work. But I will give you a hint of where to start:
Anywhere in the Bible.
The story of your original intent is weaved throughout its pages.
My favorite places to look though are in the letters the Apostle Paul wrote, especially Galatians, Ephesians and Colossians. Peter and John wrote some good stuff too, along with the writer of Hebrews.
We were not created for original sin. We were created with an original intent that was tainted by the first sin.
God's original intent for you was not that you be homosexual or anxious or a chronic liar or an adulterer or murderer or a schemer or a deceiver. Even though you may be one, some or all of these things because of the original missing of the mark doesn't mean that you are meant to be those things forever! Not at all!
God's original intent for you is that you love Him and love others with His love. With the perks and benefits of being His kid following right behind you. Freedom, peace, patience, kindness, self-control, goodness, the ability to remain faithful to Him. That is what you are. That is God's original intent for you. That is who you were created to be all along.
Now is the time to start living that life, the life of original intent.