Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Little Things

I once held a baby alligator.  It was little and harmless.  And it certainly did not strike any fear in me.  But I did think to myself, "One day, this little gator will grow into a big one."  I knew when that day came, he would be huge, strong, and capable of killing.

The truth is, sin is the same way.

For some reason, we tend to look at some sins as "little things" that don't really matter too much because they do not lead to immediate harm or instant consequences.

I'm talking about things like...

Telling a "little white lie" so we don't get in trouble.
"Innocent, fun flirting" with someone who is not our spouse.
Stretching some numbers to help out our income taxes.
Sharing a small dose of gossip about another person behind their back.
Doctoring up our resume so we can get that job.

People do these "little things" and think, "Oh, it's no big deal.  Nobody's going to get hurt here.  Besides, I could be doing something a whole lot worse than this!"

I've learned these two truths:

[1]  There are no "little" sins or "big" sins.  All sin is just sin.  And in God's eyes, it's all evil, wrong, and unacceptable.

[2]  Fooling around with sin, even if it looks like no big deal on the surface, points us in a dangerous direction and positions us for painful consequences.  That "little thing" will grow into a big, dangerous mess, and it can leave us with regrets and scars for the rest of lives.

If we're faithful to God and obedient in the "little things", we are going to be blessed.

If we're foolish and disobedient in the "little things", we are headed towards a world of hurt.

Like it or not, just accept that it's a law of life:  Little things do become big things.

Be careful out there, and make wise choices.

"For the wages of sin is death..."  Romans 6:23

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