Filed under: Spiritual Formation | Tags: choices, consequences, death, Romans 6:23, sin
Cheerful title, huh? This is not a warm and fuzzy blog post but I hope you’ll read it.
Over the weekend my wife defrosted our upright freezer which sits in our garage. I was reminded of an incident several months prior when I was getting a loaf of bread out of that freezer. I reached into the lower freezer bin and saw something disgusting… a dead mouse. Somehow it had gotten into the freezer, ripped a hole in a bag of bread, eaten as much as it could and died right there on the spot. I guess our freezer door was accidentally left open an inch or so (a frequent mishap) and the hungry little mouse took advantage of the situation… or so it thought. Interestingly the mouse died beside the bread and not the door. There were no scratches indicating an attempt to escape. It appeared that when the door was shut the mouse just kept enjoying the bread. With the rise and fall of blood sugar levels and the onset of hypothermia it probably paused to take a nap between fillings. The nap was permanent.
Once I got past the disgust of a dead mouse in my freezer the spiritual implications hit me. The incident is a vivid picture of how we often deal with sin. We’re quick to indulge in it while ignoring God’s Word and the danger signs. Romans 6:23 makes it clear that the wages of sin is death but like the mouse we think, “Just a little is okay!” or “Just a little more and then I’ll stop!” We’re oblivious to the fact that it’s killing us. It numbs us to reality without our even knowing it. Our spiritual senses become dull. We think we’re in control but we’re not. The deception leads to more poor decisions. We bring pain and destruction upon ourselves and those around us. It feels great at first but eventually we have to face the consequences. For some, the destruction is permanent. For others, recovery is possible but grueling. For some there is only partial recovery. Although God forgives completely we often have to live with the consequences of our sin. For all, the situation is avoidable.
So if you’re indulging in sin right now, this just might be your wake-up call.
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