It is not uncommon to hear Christians talking about sins, and if one is worse than another. Naturally, it says that all sins are equally detestable to God, but is there a sin that rises above them all?
In short, I would say no (although there is mention of the “unforgivable” sin, which is speaking against the holy spirit). Nonetheless, I heard someone say something very interesting the other day that I want to share. During one of my classes at business school, the professor said something along the lines of:
One of the greatest sins that the Bible harps on is underutilization of potential
Now you’ll just have to believe me that my professor wasn’t preaching religion in business school (haha), he kind of said it in a passing comment. The point of the class is to discover your learning style, values, and preferences in the hopes you’ll become a better team player/leader and lead a better life. But enough about that…
Is what my professor said true? It seems to have some validity. Many of Jesus’ parables emphasize the importance of (for lack of a better term) not “half-assing” life. God doesn’t want minimal effort – he wants you to realize your full potential; He wants us to be the light that is not covered, shining to the world.
As the Bible articulates, the Kingdom of Heaven is present; it is now. We are a living testimony of God’s love and perfection. Underachieving, then, could be seen as a direct contradiction to God’s will/desire for humanity to realize their absolute power and potential. Reaching full life potential glorifies God.
Or perhaps you disagree?
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