The Price of Sin
“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:15
I think of Adam and Eve and the one choice they had in the garden. They didn’t have the internet, television or others to draw them away from God. They lived in a perfect world, but yet they were still enticed by the fruit of a tree they were forbidden to eat. The violation of God‘s law forever changed the world and brought about death upon mankind. It started with a thought, which turned into action and led to spiritual and physical death.
I have faced the crossroads of choices myself, and I have failed a million times in making wrong, sinful choices. I was a senior in high school when I was faced with a dilemma. I was not doing so well in my Bible class, and I had forgotten about my Bible verse test. I needed to get a good grade on my test in order to stay eligible to play basketball. I had made a plan to open my Bible and lay it on the empty seat next to me. I was going to cheat on my Bible test, and my plan seemed perfect. I laid out my Bible as planned, and even deliberately messed up a few words to not make it so obvious. I proudly turned in my test and walked away knowing I had done a great job cheating on my test. I thought all was well until I was called into the office.
I was called into the office and the dean of students had my Bible verse test on his desk. The test had an “F” on it, and I knew my goose was cooked. I was given 20 demerits for my cheating which gave me a grand total of 40. I was suspended for one day and declared ineligible to play basketball due to my demerits. My zero on my Bible test lowered my grade to a D, and I was also academically ineligible. I was crushed and wished I could rewind my life 24 hours.
I would like to say things got better after my cheating incident, but I seemed to spiral to new lows. I was looking forward to a fresh start in the second semester, and I was excited to be able to play basketball. My fresh start never materialized, and I never did see the basketball court. I was not invited back to school in the second semester, and my bad choice led to several others which caused me to miss out on key moments of my senior year. I never did go on the senior trip to Hawaii, and I was gifted a year book by my old senior class whom my family helped to raise money for that very trip. I started the year on fire for God, but I allowed sin in my life and it led to my ultimate demise. I soon found out that sin is a slippery slope and it only leads to destruction.
I have had many moments in my life like this where sin has caused me great heartache and pain. How about you? Have you allowed lust to conceive to the point of sin? Have you come to know the tremendous price there is to pay for sin? Have you come to realize the price that was paid for your sin? Do you realize that sin leads to death, but God has a gift for you? Romans 6:23 states, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Will you accept God’s remedy for your sin or will you die in your sins? May you accept the gift of God, and may you avoid the pitfalls that sin brings. Sin will always lead to death, but God's gift will lead to life everlasting. Choose wisely!
Stay in the fight!