Saturday, November 26

don't bite that bait

This past fall we had some unexpected excitement around here when my husband had a restless full moon night of sleep and decided to get up and go fishing.  He whispered an invitation to me to come along as he was getting dressed, but falling back to sleep in a bed all to myself sounded much more inviting.  

When he returned back home that morning about an hour before we needed to leave for church, it was hard to read his eyes as he extended a new invitation to me to come out to his truck.  My mind wandered to a possible damaged truck from a running deer. However it wasn't the truck he wanted me to see, but rather a peek into his boat.
And there it was.  


I mean a really big fish.  
A fish that he hadn't intended to catch as he was using a bait that would look appetizing to a larger version of a smaller fish which we love to eat.  
But the fish took a bite and apparently kept swallowing as the bait lodged too deep to do a "catch and release" move by my husband.  The consequence of his big bite was certain death and future mounting for our wall.

As I was reading Scripture verses about sin this morning, I thought about the consequences of sin in our lives.  We are often tempted by little temptations and toy around with them not thinking they'll really affect us.  But all sin - no matter what it is - has consequences. Once we take the bite it's only a matter of time before we've swallowed the entire bait way too deep to be able to easily release ourselves from it.   How easily the aftermath of such a sequence of events will land us on being mounted on the enemy's wall as his slave.  Ugh.

"Jesus replied, 'I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" ~ John 8:34-36

We all have a choice as to who we will call master.  It's either the enemy or Jesus Christ. There's no such thing as being neutral.  You can either be enslaved by sin and its deception OR you can follow the Master who offers you freedom from sin as you enjoy a new life walking with Him. Take a bite of the enslaving bait OR accept the free gift of new and eternal life.  It's your choice....

Seems like kind of a heavy topic as we enter the holiday season.  But you know what?  The God of abundant and amazing love sent His Son as a baby to this earth for one die for OUR sins which have separated us from Him  

So when you are making gift choices for the Christmas season, make sure you don't overlook the most important and greatest gift of all!

Tammy ~@~


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LaughingLady said...

Great post, Tammy! What a wonderful lesson from a big, unexpected trophy!! You're so right. And what an awesome thing to keep in mind as we enter the holiday season.

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