Many of you know I was recently on my honeymoon. One evening we went on a sunset dinner cruise and on the way to the ship, we shared a ride with a beautiful (by the world's standards) couple. As we started talking to them they were quick to tell us they spent the night before visiting the strip clubs in town. This lead us to ask if they were married. The young man was quick to answer...
"Are you kidding? I'm a whore-monger, one woman ain't enough for me! I'm never getting married!"
He was proud and boastful about his sin. I don’t tell you this to expose his sin and hold myself out to be much better. It impacted me because it made me realize how much God has done in my life. You see, at one time I would have said something similar. It made me think of Romans 1:32.
" they not only do them (sins) themselves but approve and applaud others who practice them"
I was just so aware how much of my life I spent chasing after all these fleeting things that I thought would make me happy yet brought nothing but emptiness and a clawing hunger for the "next thing" to intoxicate me. I didn’t realize it at the time because I was blind. I had been raised in a christian home with good boundaries but thought I needed to cast off the restraints and discipline that kept me from enjoying all that life had to offer. As far as I was concerned I was pursuing everything that would make me happy.
John Piper talks a lot about the pursuit of hedonism. In fact he posted a blog this morning about why so many Christians are unhappy. He writes for example…
“A man thinks he will find fulfillment in pornography or hooking up after work. Sexual pleasure is a good thing done God’s way. But this man is looking to another god to give it to him, and these brief seconds of pleasure will turn to gravel and ashes in his mouth.”
All that the enemy offers is a trap, even the smallest of baits taken lead to death. C.S. Lewis in "Mere Christianity speaks of temptation this way…
“Good and evil both increase at a compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”
Beware the little traps by which you are tempted to compromise. It is by these small compromises that sin invades the soul and destroys your life.
Where are you compromising?
How would your wife answer this question about you?
How would Jesus answer this question about you?
Fight. Every. Day.