“Is it worth it, really worth it?” Sin has pleasures–Hebrews 11:25 speaks of the choice made by Moses to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the PLEASURES of SIN for a SHORT TIME. So the question we should ponder when tempted is–“Is it worth it, really worth it?”
Genuine Christ-followers seek to live for the will of God rather than for evil human desires. Their eyes are upon the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who suffered for sin once for all. They take their ‘cues’ from Him, their ‘reference point’ for daily living.
Consider I Peter 4:1-2
“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.”
A few reflections ….
1) Christ suffered in his body. Christ was physically spit upon, spat upon, flogged and crucified as He took my place for my sin. He who had committed no sin in thought, word or deed, was punished for the sins the Father laid upon Him. (e.g. Isaiah 53:6 “…and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.)
2) I am called to resist sin, even if it involves suffering. Yielding to sin takes no effort at all. I simply follow the promptings of the world, the sinful nature and the devil. Resistance means struggle, opposition, conflict as I say “no” to ungodly desires and “yes” to God’s way.
3) So what are the great benefits of sin? This morning’s newscasts are filled with news of the ‘hacking’ of another website – this one designed for those already married to break their vows made before God and witnesses. Those who have remained faithful to their spouse have nothing to fear. There’s nothing to ‘reveal’ about who they are because they weren’t building a plan to cheat.
I once heard an illustration of Satan’s strategy as a spiritual ‘salesman.’ Satan offers ‘installment plans’ ‘no money down’ arrangements making sin ‘easy.’ Often he switches the price tags in a dangerous ‘bait and switch’ plan. We buy the ‘product’ only to discover we can’t afford it and then he demands payment. He has his ‘collection agents’ and ‘tormentors’ who exact a huge price from us .
Our home church, Calvary Baptist, Oshawa, is currently being led through a series on 1 John. Pastor Rick’s exposition yesterday (may I encourage you to head to the church’s website and listen to it – Calvary Baptist – July 19th A.M. Service was deeply impactful. As he preached through verse 9 and addressed the issues of confession he urged us all to call our sin what God calls it – 1) admit it; 2) own it; 3) judge it. No more excuses, no more ‘letting ourselves’ off the hook. We are called by God to be ‘done’ with sin.
So what are we waiting for? The longer we ‘toy’ with ‘temptation’ the more a foothold sin gains in our lives. Haven’t we had ‘enough’ already?