We all know the saying…
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
I’m not sure if you’re one of those who lives by this saying. But I believe, what happens in Vegas, never stays in Vegas. We all like to think that we do a good job of compartmentalizing things that happen in life. We throw situations into different piles. It’s sort of like sorting laundry. We have different piles for our darks and lights, the colors and whites. A pile for clothes with similar fabrics. And a pile for clothes that can’t get too hot or else they’ll shrink and there won’t be any going back and they’ll be ruined, and we will never be able to wear them again. The worst.
It’s just like the less-than desirable decisions we make in life, also known as sin.
Pile A – the pile for all super, super, top-secret sins. No one can handle this pile, but yourself. I mean really, no one needs to see what’s in this pile. It’s piled with the worst of what you’ve done, but no one knows this side of you. Then, there’s Pile B. Pile B has grown high. It’s full of the sins in life that are the “oh well” sins. These sins are the “little” ones. Like the little white lies or the gossiping or all the sinful thoughts. The sins that you feel are just a part of every day life. The sins that are inevitable. We save this pile for later. We don’t need it clean immediately. Why would we? These sins don’t really affect us. Pile C is piled high with the sin that you try and try and try some more to stop doing, but you somehow can’t figure out why it continues to get the best of you. These sins are like the clothes you keep washing and drying in the wrong temperature. Every time you put them in, you put it on the wrong setting and then by the time you’ve figured it out, it’s too late to change anything. The outcome is never good, but we always try to fix it.
All of these piles are in our closets, behind closed doors. No one sees these sins. These sins are no secret to us, but they sure are secrets to the people we see every day. They’re also no secret to the Lord. The Bible clearly tells us that He knows it all. [Psalm 139:1-4 | “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it all.”]
It’s actually funny how we think our sin doesn’t have to be dealt with. Oh, it has to be dealt with. Sin isn’t a joke. Sin is serious. Sin keeps us away from the life we were meant to live with Christ. Because of sin, our sweet Savior had to die. There was no other way. [1 Peter 3:18 | “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God,”] If all this is true (which it is), if it took the Son of God dying for us, then we better do everything on our part to get our lives right with Him, to please Him, to obey Him, to serve Him, to love Him and to completely surrender our lives to Him.
Life with Christ isn’t like going to Vegas, doing crazy, wild things, and coming back to reality thinking that what happened in Vegas, stayed in Vegas. No. What happens in Vegas, stays with you and follows you home to Houston or Maui or wherever you live. There are consequences for our actions. Each moment, each decision we make, Jesus Christ is hoping that we finally see Him for all that He is. He’s hoping that we choose Him. What happens in Vegas causes us to miss out on what the Lord had planned for us if we didn’t go to Vegas in the first place. What happens in Vegas corrupts our hearts. What happens in Vegas blinds us and tricks us into thinking that outside of Vegas things can be “better” and while in Vegas, things are “okay.” Here’s a fact: things don’t get better without Jesus. No matter how many sins we hide. No matter how many sins we’ve piled up thinking we have everyone fooled. We are in denial. It doesn’t get better. It gets worse. [Proverbs 28:13 | “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.”] There is a very, very bright side to all of this. With Him, it gets better. With Him, we have hope. With Him, we are blessed with all the spiritual blessings in the heavenly places. With Him, we have the full victory over who we once were. [1 Corinthians 15:57 | “but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”]
It’s about time we do our laundry, y’all. Jesus already knows exactly what you’ve done and knows exactly what you are going to do. Instead of letting all our sins pile up, let’s deal with them. Let’s confess our sins to the One who has already carried them all on His own back. [1 John 1:9 | “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”]
Sin City has been conquered by the One and Only, Jesus Christ. The hope He gives and the compassion He shows seems too good to be true, but that’s exactly what it is – the truth.