As believers we know we are to avoid sin. We are told from the time we first sit in our Sunday School chairs until the last day we sit in the church pew. We know what we are supposed to do, but are we aware when it creeps into our lives?
Recently, some young people I know and love have fallen down in their walks and are now choosing sin over Faith. It breaks my heart watching them make decisions that will effect them for years to come. At this time, the sin has not so consumed them that they are without hope, but it is working on them. Much like a teething toddler.
When a toddler’s first teeth erupt, they gum and chew on many things–nearly anything they can get their mouth on. And while their teeth are sharp, they aren’t capable of destroying things. Adult teeth, however, are stronger, able to tear into and truly grind up food.
Now imagine these teeth as the teeth of sin. When sin begins in a person’s life, it can look like a simple slip up, an “innocent” mistake. But if that sin is not stopped, the teeth not removed at an early stage, it will sink deeper into the person’s heart, soul, and mind. It will become a habit. It will become destructive. Even to the point of destroying the person completely.
We are encouraged as believers to immediately remove ourselves from any situation that could cause us to stumble into sin. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you ( James 4:7). It’s when we decide to hang around the slippery edge that we put ourselves in jeopardy. We may think we are immune to a certain type of sin, but we are not. This kind of pride will only bring us to a different sin.
Dear Ones, I have watched marriages crumble, children walk away from their Faith, and leaders have to step down because of their sins. We are not immune. We are victors through Christ’s power, but only with Him next to us can we avoid sin (1 Corinthians 15:57).
This Christmas season may seem an odd time to talk about sin, but truly, it is not. It is the very reason we have Christmas. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people (Hebrews 2:17).
O Best Beloved, let us recognize the nibbles of sin before the teeth sink in and let us hold fast to Him (Joshua 22:5) for He will give us strength.