There is a reason that merchandisers give out samples in stores. It is to create a desire in us for more of whatever it is they are selling. Of course the size of the samples only stimulate our appetite for more. The more we sample, the more we develop a craving for the item until we feel that we cannot do without purchasing some.
Sin is just like that. Sin is pleasurable – for a season. Oftentimes we give in to sin just to satisfy the moment, the craving, the appetite. I remember when I was producing my play in poetry called Reality Check! While conducting the interviews with some addicts in New Kingston, I learned that persons get addicted because they are chasing that first high. That first high is usually so pleasurable and intense that when the effects wear off, we just want to experience it again. Of course, we never quite get there.
James 1:14-15 – But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
As we walk closer and closer to sin – trying to see how much we can skirt the edge and get away with it, it becomes just a matter of time before we actually sin. The devil is nothing if not devious and subtle. He is usually the voice rationalizing our actions even as he did to Eve. He usually encourages us to just “try it this way – therefore no one can say you actually did it” Once we have made that first step, taken that first look at the raunchy video that’s loaded with suggestions, or participated in the lewd conversations online or otherwise, we begin to develop a desire for more. Eventually what we are doing seems tame, no longer stimulating, and he continues to gently lead us by the nose pointing us to something more enticing. He will go as far as to tell us, “that is baby stuff, try this. You’re a big man/woman time to play in a bigger league”
Quite likely during this time, the Holy Spirit is communicating with us through our conscience. He is urging us not to go in that direction. He is showing us a better way. If only we will listen…
Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.