“Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (James 1:15)
In this verse James gives us what we might call the “Anatomy of a Sin.”
One day more than twenty years ago, my wife had to be gone for six or seven hours. Watching sports television that evening, every thirty minutes or so an advertisement promoting pizza came on. I love pizza but I’m not supposed to have it because I am a diabetic. Each time I saw the commercial I developed a stronger desire for pizza.
I had a telephone and some money in my pocket, so eventually I called and ordered a pizza. I told them I was in a wheelchair so please walk in. When the delivery man arrived, I asked him to place the pizza on the blanket in my lap and take the box with him (to leave no evidence.)
When my wife returned, however, as she picked up the blanket to fold it a small pizza crust dropped to the floor. Needless to say, I got in trouble, big time!
According to James sin involves a lure, a look, a strong desire, and eventually temptation – then sin and death, which means “the pits.” The lure is like a piece of metal and our strong desire is a powerful magnet. If we don’t do something to break up that magnetic field between our desire and that lure, we will sin.
I didn’t do that, so pizza landed in my lap.
James shared this with us so we would understand the importance of breaking up the magnetic sequence of sin. Are you willing to do that?
Dick Woodward, 24 June 2011