A lion in your living room?

I’ve learned something from painful experience.

It’s impossible to have a casual relationship with sin.

Think of the front door to your house or apartment. It’s how you gain entry; it’s the way you admit guests. Listen. If you crack open the door, sin will barge in and take over. The Bible compares sin to a lion: Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Also, in Genesis 4:7 God tells Cain: If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.

The lion in your living room.

We often justify “small” or “harmless” sin by saying that we can handle it, that we have it under control:

  • the flirtation with a married co-worker that is okay because “we are just friends”
  • stealing small amounts of supplies or money because “no one will notice” or “I deserve it”
  • gossip about a friend or colleague because “I just call it the way I see it”.

Don’t be fooled. The crouching lion is hungry for more.

You’re probably familiar with John 3:16. It’s the good news of Jesus Christ.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Let’s keep reading.

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

This contrasts the light (Jesus) and darkness (sin). When we dabble in sin, we are drawn away from Jesus into the dark. However, when we turn away from sin and go in the opposite direction (this is repentance), we walk into the light with Jesus.

Can you be in the light and the dark at the same time?

The truth is that we cannot pursue both sin and Jesus. We cannot hold onto both at the same time. Let go of that sin; you know, the one that just popped into your mind — the lion is never satisfied. Instead, pursue Jesus — your reward will be peace, joy, hope, and acceptance by your God in heaven who so loved the world that he gave his one and only son…

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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