Paul spends a lot of time spelling out the kinds of activities and behavior that are not becoming for the people of God.
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
It is easy for us to read a passage like this and quickly decide the first couple of behaviors don’t really apply to us and skim over the rest. However, this is precisely what Paul is warning against. Paul wants the people to look carefully at how they are living their lives and recognize their sin as sin. He isn’t doing this to simply give us a list of things we aren’t supposed to do but to help us maintain our spiritual health.
Paul knew the cost of sin to one’s spiritual health and their relationship with the Lord. Remember prior to His blinding encounter with the Lord, his purpose was to find believers and persecute, imprison and kill them. Our sins may not seem as severe as those, but in the eyes of the Lord, sin is sin. It is not categorized into big sins and little sins. The idea of categorizing sin comes from us as a way for us to minimize our sin. We do a lot to justify and rationalize our sins. For example, the term “a little white lie”, is something we have come up with in order to minimize the fact that lying of any kind is a sin.
As we approach the weekend, spend some time rereading this passage. Slow down and read it carefully rather than skimming over it. See if the Lord reveals to you that any of the sins listed in this passage apply to you. I think all of us would be hard pressed not to be able to at least relate to the sins of greed, idolatry and problems with our words. Allow the Lord to help you recognize your sin for what it is and help you turn from it and seek His forgiveness. Then follow that with a time of praise and thanksgiving because He loves you enough to show you ways you are distancing yourself from him through your sin.