Life At Its Best: Sin can be fun
By Jim Graff
Feb. 15, 2013 at midnight
Updated Feb. 14, 2013 at 8:15 p.m.
Sin can be fun. You might be shocked that a pastor would say that, but let's just be honest: We've all been there. We all know that at times, it looks and feels pretty good. But the truth is that while sin may satisfy our desires for a while, it provides only temporary satisfaction.
It's a lot like eating your favorite dessert. We know how it goes. You walk into the kitchen, and the delicious smell lures you in. You walk over and find it waiting for you on the counter. It just seems to be calling your name.
After staring at it a while, you decide to have just a tiny bite. Well, that bite turns into a few more, and pretty soon, you're deeper into the dish than you'd originally planned. You feel good at first, but eventually the after effects settle in. You discover the dessert didn't bring the long-term satisfaction you'd hoped for.
Now, thankfully, eating our favorite dessert isn't a sin; otherwise, I'd be in trouble. But it paints a good picture of how sin works in our lives. At first, sin appears pleasing and desirable.
We're confident that giving in a little won't do much damage. So we begin to compromise. We slowly start making decisions that lead us away from where God has called us. Before we know it, we find ourselves in a place we never thought we'd be.
It's comforting to know that even in that place, there's good news. We don't have to stay there. Our past decisions don't have to define our future. God wants to meet us where we are. If we'll let him, he'll help us make decisions that move us in the right direction.
The first step in that direction is making a firm choice not to let our past haunt us. Galatians 5:1 says, "Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
When we choose to move into God's best, the enemy will try to remind us of our past mistakes. He'll try to convince us that our sins disqualify us from receiving the life God has for us. But we must make a firm choice to step out from under that yoke and remain confident that we can experience God's absolute best.
The second step is making daily decisions that move us in the right direction. Galatians 5:25 says, "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."
Living by the Spirit is a step-by-step process. It doesn't happen because of a one-time decision. Rather, it happens when we learn to stack one right decision on top of another. Sure, we won't be perfect. But we will make progress.
No matter where you are today, know that you can get to God's best from there. Make a choice to live free from the yoke of sin. Then, begin to make daily choices that reflect God's standard. It all starts with one step!
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.