I apologize for this definition of sin sounding so juvenile. It’s just the way that I hear it in my head, particularly when I’ve been dwelling on “God doesn’t want me to have any fun” when actually He just wants to protect me from the real life consequences of “bad stuff that’s fun.”
So what do you think about needing to give up “bad stuff that’s fun” in order to be a disciple of Jesus? It does make sense doesn’t it? God is holy, sinless, perfection. We are just imperfect messed up dust of the earth.
I think it’s natural to want to “clean up first” but God doesn’t look at it that way. One of my favorite Bible verses paints a “private invited conversation” image in my mind, like between a loving parent and child.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)
These are words that say, “It’s going to be okay. Just spend time with me. We will work this out together.”
If there is anything that we absolutely must give up, it would be the idea that we can clean ourselves up on our own. That, I believe, is something only done by Real Life Jesus.