My friend, may I ask you a question? Do some sins start out simple but become something far more serious? What seems harmless, even ubiquitous, at the beginning may be nothing more than a seed of sin that once planted, grows into a deadly nightshade or poisonous vine?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
There’s a science to writing good assembly instructions. Many years ago I worked with a man who was responsible for putting together assembly instructions for a line of lawn and garden tractors as well as the attachments that went with them. He told me something that has stuck with me until this day. “Instructions.” he emphasized, “would never be read if I started out by listing the “How-To” part of the work. The trick is to start out with something far less intimidating like a picture of the finished product assembled and then a simple list of tools that would be needed to make your ‘in the box’ product look like the ‘out of the box” product pictured. Once they get past the tool page,” He continued, “you’ve got them hooked and there’s no going back even when the deadly details are revealed.”
Sin is like that. It starts out simple but it’s only a mask for something far more serious if we could only turn the pages. What seems harmless, even ubiquitous, at the beginning may be nothing more than a seed of sin that once planted, grows into a deadly nightshade or poisonous vine.
Here’s a story: During the height of the Cold War, the KGB would often solicit workers in the FBI and CIA and in the military to work for them. Seldom, however, did they approach an American and ask him or her to steal “top secret” documents. Instead, they would start with something simple, something that was in fact public information, like an office telephone directory. No big deal. It was something the American worker would justify because it was public information. But it would still be a thrill, and it would put some extra spending money in the American’s pocket. It would be enough to hook the American into doing it again. Next time it would be a file. Then it would be something confidential, then it would be something very secretive. But that would come later. At the beginning, it would be nothing more than a tele- phone directory. No big deal. (Source unknown)
And so it is with temptation. What often seems simple, even hardly worth noticing to start, often opens the door to some pretty serious consequences down the road. In that sense, sin is a coward; often masquerading as the harmless in order to pull us into the harmful. If we could see that in the beginning, we might not act so foolishly. Unfortunately, it’s so often that case that once we get past the “tool page” it’s so easy to get drawn into the deadly details.
We pray. “Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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