Take Heed Lest Ye Fall
“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” II Peter 2:20-22
I came to know Jesus Christ as my Savior at the age of five. Though I was always one to question anything and everything, I was under great conviction at a very young age and I realized my need for God. I was not into a lot of crazy things at five years old, but I definitely knew that I was a sinner.
I have attended numerous church services and camps throughout the years and been exposed to the truth from many different angles. I know the difference between right and wrong, but I have not always made the choice to do right. I have stood at the crossroads of pleasing God or pleasing self, and often chose pleasing self. The path to pleasing self in my life is well-worn. If I am not careful, I can go on autopilot and choose that path over and over again. I know where that path leads, but at times I forget and find myself imprisoned by my choices.
I recently started a diet which I have done many times in one way or another over the years. While on a diet, you must choose between what you want in the future and what you want now. The smells of delicious food are enticing and make your stomach growl, but you must resist if you are to attain your end goal. Every bite of the food that is not good for you takes you further from your goal. It may taste good for the moment, but you are left with that sluggish and guilty feeling of your bad choice. Sin is often the same way as pleasing self is easy initially, but it leads to regrets and further detracts you from pleasing God.
Proverbs 26:11 states, “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” Every time I choose the path of sin and pleasing self, I play the part of a fool who returns to his vomit. The disgusting, vile vomit of sin. The stench and smell which never leaves your mouth and it makes you feel guilty and foolish. I shake my head at my dog when he does this, but what does my God think about me when I do the same? He forgives me of my sin when I ask and cleans me up. Why would I again go wallow in the filthy swamp of sin?
Where are you today friend? Are you like a dog who returns to his vomit? Do you continue to go back to that sin which so easily trips you up? Have you looked in the spiritual mirror of God's holiness and seen your sin as He sees it? Oh, may we choose the path of pleasing God. May we think of our sin as something to be abhorred, and may we be like Joseph, who in the face of temptation, stated, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” May we be concerned with pleasing God, and may we draw the line in the sand when it comes to sin. Who will you serve today - yourself or your Savior?
Stay in the fight!