THREE THINGS SIN WILL DO
The Hebrew writer warned those to whom he wrote about the deceitfulness of
sin when he said: “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest
any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:13).
Involvement in sin deceives its victims. It hardens the heart and can result in
a heart that cannot or is very difficult to penetrate.
Just think of the alcoholic – there had to be the FIRST drink. The drug addict –
there had to be the FIRST “hit.” And, the chronic gambler – there had to be the
FIRST bet! All victims of such sins were deceived by it! If you ask anyone who
has been deceived by these sins, they would quickly admit (if they are honest)
that they gave little or no thought to the consequences of their actions (Gen.
3:1-23). Let us consider the question: What will sin do?
FIRST – It Will Take You Farther Than You Wanted Or Intended to
Go! The first drink of alcohol, the first “high,” the first bet, is as far
as many planned to go! But all who end up as chronic alcoholics, drug addicts
and chronic gamblers had to take that first step. Involvement in one sin often
leads to involvement in other sins and usually and the consequences come in a
packaged deal (2 Sam. 11 & 12).
SECOND – It Will Keep You Longer Than You Wanted to Stay!
Those who fall victim are blinded by the pleasure of the first drink, the first
high or the first win (Heb. 11:25). It gave them so much pleasure the first time
that they are “sucked in” and are overcome by the temporary pleasure, going
after it again and again and again. Many think, “just one more time won’t
hurt.” They intended to only drink alcohol to be social, or smoke marijuana
socially or to place a bet just “once in a while,” then they find themselves
entangled and overcome, thus deceived and unable to resist its urge (2 Pet.
THIRD – It Will Cost You More Than You Wanted to Pay! Many
never consider the consequences of their sinful actions? How many alcoholics
planned on killing an innocent person with a motor vehicle? How many drug
addicts planned on contacting AIDS or stealing to support their habit? How many
considered the physical pain, mental suffering, wrecked marriages, neglected
children, broken homes and lives that are destroyed by their involvement in sin.
And most importantly, how many consider the fact that their souls are at stake
(Acts 5:1-10)? True are these words, “...but the way of transgressors is
hard” (Prov. 13:15).
CONCLUSION: Some might think "this can’t happen to me...I'm a
good Christian and I don’t take part in such!” But what about brethren who
smoke or look at pornographic material? What about those who dabble in the
lottery? What about those who dress immodestly, not giving a thought that they
could cause someone to lust and sin as result of their immodesty? What about
those who are involved in adultery and fornication, religious error and
compromise etc. (See Gal. 5:19-21)? Can these sins take you farther than you
wanted or intended to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and cost you
more than you wanted to pay? YES! Any sin that is not confessed and repented of
will cost you your soul (Rom. 6:23)! Heed the words of the Psalmist who wrote:
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor
standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his
delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and
night” (Ps. 1:1, 2). Let us also heed the words of truth spoken by
Solomon who wrote: “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in
the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away”
(Prov. 4:14, 15). Brethren, “Be not deceived” (1 Cor. 6:9-10); be
like Joseph and flee all evil (Gen. 39:1-13)!