When we read about the different sacrifices God required for specific sins and then those required for national sin, it can be confusing. Thankfully, the sacrifice for our sin has already been made by Jesus. He has completed the work that was foreshadowed by the Old Testament sacrifices and shown us a better way. As I read about the sacrifice of the red heifer, I was reminded of all that was needed for people to be forgiven. It was not an easy task whatsoever, and it never could forgive sin. Those sacrifices covered the sins of the people until Jesus came to wash all sin away. They were God's way of staying in fellowship with His creation, and they reminded people just how serious sin was. I fear that we have it so easy today that we do not recognize the seriousness of sin. We are far more likely to "play" in sin when all we have to do is ask forgiveness. That is why our motivation for purity in thought, attitude, and body must be something other than forgiveness; it must be based upon the incredible love that Jesus has for us, and our deep and abiding love for Him. When we love Him, we keep His commandments. When we love Him, we strive to stay within the boundary lines He has created for us. Can you honestly say that you love Jesus if you are choosing sin over righteousness? I think it is time to take a serious look at your walk with God and determine exactly where you are in your relationship with Him.

Help me, Lord, to love You so deeply that I stay away from sin and focus my attention upon righteousness. Help me to celebrate the incredible work that Jesus did on the cross to wash my sins away.