We watched with amusement across the restaurant. Someone had ordered some kind of flambé steak so the chef came to the table and made a big show of setting up a little stove and setting the ablaze – flames shot up and every ohhhed and ahhed. But pretty soon the waiter had to spring into action for the flames jumped out of the pan and set the breadbasket alight! While the chef finished fixing the steak the waiter made a run for it with the faming breadbasket presumably to the kitchen – or at least the smoking area.
I was lying bed thinking about it last night and how this is a like a picture of how we behave with sin. Sin is exciting – we won’t be tempted to do it if it wasn’t something that we enjoyed in that movement, even if the consequences are horrible. How often do we play with sin thinking we have it under control, that we can manage a little bit, only to have it jump and spread to other areas of our lives- affecting and infecting.
Sometimes we take God’s forgiveness for granted, knowing that if we sin he will forgive us so we take it as a license to sin and deal with the repentance later.
Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
The problem is that we don’t take sin so seriously and we take God’s forgiveness for granted. We think we have control over our sinful nature – that we can dance a little closer to the flames for excitement but instead we end up getting caught up and burnt. Have you been dancing a little too close to the flames recently, indulging in a little ‘harmless’ sin flambé? Paul gives a warning to those of who have:
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
Lord, open my eyes so I can see sin from your perspective so that I would not be excited by dancing close to the flames.