In honesty and truth, I have tried as much as possible to do so for a little over two weeks. But I broke my commitment sometime last week. Reason? I was craving something sweet. As I purchased my secret candy and ate, I thought of my dentist. I hoped he won't be accidentally driving in traffic at the same time I was. I also hid my little piece of candy and hoped my husband won't see it and say "ah sweetie pie but you aren't supposed to be eating candy". If he did find out(he is finding out reading this), I'll probably have had a good point of defense.
In my head, it was a cheat day. Or so I thought.
However, it so happens that I bought another piece of candy on Monday and guess what? This time my guilt was less. Why? I didn't get caught the first time and in my defense, I am an adult and capable of making decisions for myself.
You see the scenario I just described? It's me, probably you, and a whole bunch of Christians; and how we react to sin.
We start once, feel the guilt and tread carefully. We promise not to go back and like a thief in the night, sin comes running back to us, and we embrace it with all its fullness.
On the surface, nothing is wrong if we keep sinning. No one sees us. Plus the pleasure of sin is great. It gives a feeling of satisfaction we can't describe. But truth be told, I have an aching tooth. And may probably get myself another cavity if I keep up with the candy.
Same with us and our lives when we keep up with sin. On the surface, we are good. No one sees us, everything in our lives seem rosy.
But in our spiritual reality, some part of us is getting rotten and needs serious medical attention.
Rom 6:1 — 2
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
Shall I, Toni continue eating up all the candy in Accra, because the dentist can keep filling holes in my tooth? Certainly not! How can I say I want healthy teeth and want to be an example to my children, yet remain in my candy eating ways?
My point is, it's time to stop. Stop abounding in sin and causing spiritual damage to your life. Stop doing what you are doing, because you claim no one sees it or because God would keep forgiving you. Stop it!
It's time to grow up and take responsibility for your life and actions.
Rom 6:6 — Rom 6:7
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin — because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
So long as you and I have started this Christian journey, we are no longer slaves to sin. So yes, you and I have the strength to say no. No to these cravings, no to those desires, no to that feeling of being satisfied by the sweetness of life. It is time to grow up and stand in Christ.