Early on, the Bible frames what we would later call sin, as going beyond the limitations God set for humans. The theological word for such sin is transgression. God, in his love, has given us boundaries to keep us safe, to keep us from hurting ourselves by doing more than we can handle physically, mentally, and spiritually. If we were to look at lists of sin like Galatians 5:19-21 or 2 Timothy 3:1-5, we could identify how each sin is a type of transgression – an overstep of boundaries established for our good.
Genesis 3:1-9, Ephesians 4:11-13, Matthew 11:28-30
Our first ancestors succumbed to temptation and pushed past God’s loving limits. They tried to be like God and it left them exposed. In loving response, God came to them in the cool of the day and asked a question that we would do well to ponder in regards to human limitations, “Where are you?”
What is the general feel of your church? Frantic, peaceful, reliant, reluctant? Why?
In Ephesians 4, when Paul talks about the church building people up towards maturity, he mentions the importance of multiple roles. How could raising up and entrusting others to serve according to their gifts help you stay within your limits and change the atmosphere of your group?