Today’s Scripture:¬†A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Galatians¬†5:9

The other day, I was cleaning the kitchen table; it came time to put the leftover food away in the refrigerator. So I went over to the drawer containing our storage bowls and containers. I opened the drawer and found myself staring face to face with a cricket. The cricket must have been as confused to see me as I was to see him because we stared at each other for a long moment. Then the cricket spent the next several moments trying to extend his time on this earth as I chased him around the drawer trying to end his time on this earth.

Once the cricket was removed from the premises, I had to stop everything and wash all of the storage containers. I didn’t know how long the cricket had been in that drawer, or what unhealthy disease he’d been spreading, but I wasn’t about to take any chances.

This story serves as an illustration of what happens when you allow a sin to remain in your life. If we know that something is wrong or contrary to God’s Word, then we ought to submit to God’s instruction and remove that sin from our lives. Sadly, we often do just the opposite. We rationalize the sin by thinking that it’s not so bad or that we need it for certain reasons.

But just as that little cricket contaminated all my dishes, so will the little sin grow to contaminate your entire life. Sin will never stay under your control, and no one has ever managed to contain their own sin. At first, you may be able to manage the sin and keep it in check, but sin always wins. Eventually, the sin will grow too unruly and too strong for you to resist. It will contaminate your entire life and cause all sorts of grief and pain.

Don’t wait for that point. Don’t let the sin consume you. Remove the sin right away and put it behind you. Then you won’t have to spend time later cleaning the soiled dishes of your life.

Devotional by Pastor C.J. Armstrong