Reaching out

Genesis 3:6 – “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make onewise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. “

Poor Eve. She was having a really bad day. She couldn’t win for losing. The serpent had caught her mingling about the Garden, and he began to talk to her. And Eve did the one thing none of us should do – she listened. She had probably never even considered why she could not eat of that tree. She just knew God said not to eat of it, so she didn’t. So when the serpent came around asking questions about that tree, she probably began to wonder about it. And then she looked at it. She thought about it. She became curious about it. Then she made the choice to reach out and take of it and eat of it. 

And so we have the path of sin, any sin. The first problem is listening to the devil. We hear him in every thing. We hear him on the television telling us lies about what we should and shouldn’t eat, drink and look like. We hear him telling us we are not good enough. We hear him telling us that the Bible is outdated and irrelevant. Along with hearing him, we listen to him. You do know that you can hear and not listen, right? It’s called ignoring someone. 

The next problem on the path of sin is looking. We look at sin every day. We see it, once again, on television or on our smart device. We see it and read about it in books and magazines. We see it when we are walking down the aisles at the grocery store – people dressed inappropriately, food that is bad for us yet so tempting, people spending way more moneys than they have. 

First we hear about the sin, then we go looking for it. And then we reach out for it. We see with our clouded eyes that it is not so bad. We can handle just a little bit of it. What will it hurt? 

And then we consume it. We allow it into our body and into our soul. We think that we can control it and that we can handle it. But just like Eve was forever changed by her poor choices, we can be forever changed by ours. 

You see, we have the opportunity to walk away from the sin. We may ask for forgiveness from God and all the people that we have hurt by our sin. But the effects of that sin will always be with us. It may not be visible but it becomes part of our baggage. It becomes part of what makes us who we are. If we have chosen forgiveness, our story is that of redemption. If we choose to live in that sin, it becomes one of destruction and chaos. 

We are still living with the choice that Eve and Adam made that day in the Garden. And we will live with it until we are Home were we belong. 

You may have sin(s) in your life that you are dealing with and living with every day. You have a choice. You have the choice of redemption or of destruction. And even if you have chosen destruction, you still have the opportunity for redemption. God does not take that opportunity from you. He is always willing and waiting to offer it to you. All you have to do is reach out and take it. 

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