Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bite-Sized Sin

Chocolate is a tempting thing, especially when it is in bite-sized pieces. Eating these smaller portions makes it ever so easy to eat more than a king size candy bar in no time! One little piece leads to another and to another—you get the idea. In the end it can lead you to a big stomach ache! You know, sin is a lot like that. Just as with the candy, the white-lies and other “bite-size” sins you indulge in can lead you to more than a stomach ache—it leads you to heartache, if you are not careful. The Apostle Paul in Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Those words are a clear warning for us as believers in Christ. Paul is saying that God refuses to allow people to “get away” with sin. Instead, because the Lord is the ultimate Father, He determines that sin will have its consequence in this life for His children. Wherever your life is invested, it will bring a cost—life to life, death to death. In other words, the little sins, without confession and repentance, can eventually add up to a life of pain and heartache. No matter how small or how big the sin is, if your heart repeatedly indulges in it, the result will only bring hurt—to you and to the heart of God. Beloved, I encourage you today to turn away from those “sample” sized-sins and trust Christ in those moments when you are tempted to taste a little rebellion. Say no to sin—regardless of what portion it comes to you in—small or large.

Walking in grace, Pastor George

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