Sin Flambé

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.

7 Replies to “Sin Flambé”

  1. I like your observation with the flambe. It’s true if sin were not appealing to our senses and to our ego, then we would never be tempted. I love your prayer asking to sin from God’s perspective.

  2. Great example. I read the other day we need to remember all stories have a beginning, middle and an end. The beginning is the hook, it’s exciting and seductive. But we need to remember that at some point we will meet the end. Your prayer was like that – open my eyes to see from Your perspective – God sees the entire picture – beginning, middle and end.

    Good thoughts

    I do so enjoy your blog.

  3. Tracey, I love the imagery you’ve used and I’m hoping it will help me see the big consequences when I’m tempted by the little sins.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog – I love that we’re doing the same Bible reading challenge on two different continents.

  4. Excellent post, Tracey! You do have a lot of wisdom (and a great gift of writing), especially for one so young! Enjoying your blog very much.

    P.S. Is there a way to follow you through Google Friend Connect: I couldn’t find it anywhere on your page. Thanks for the help with this.

    1. Thanks for the visits & encouragement Pam. Unfortunately as I’m on Google Friend Connect does not work. I’m thinking of how best to upgrade at the moment.
      God bless

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