Everyone is washing their hands like crazy, and for good reason. The Coronavirus is strong and highly contagious; no one wants to get it, so we wash our hands to keep ourselves healthy. No one wants to get sick, so we are willing to go to great lengths to protect ourselves. We are even willing to quarantine ourselves. We will do whatever it takes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even when there is no pandemic going on, we still go to great lengths to prevent from getting sick. We treat even a common cold very seriously, at least I know I do! I take daytime medicine and nighttime medicine, I rub vapor rub on my neck and chest, and I carry around the world’s largest bag of cough drops. When we are sick, we just want to feel good. We are so concerned with feeling good that the idea of being sick sometimes worries us. We certainly put a lot of effort into feeling good.
Stop and Think
- What do you do to prevent yourself from being sick?
- When you catch a cold what do you do to make it go away as quickly as possible?
It is certainly not a bad thing to want to feel good, and it’s a really good thing that we can try to prevent becoming sick. We should continue to be as healthy as possible and do everything we can to avoid getting sick or spreading our germs to others. However, if we are going to work so hard to avoid catching the flu, we should work even harder to avoid sin! Sin is a much bigger problem than any sickness that we can face. We must act to prevent the spread of sin. In order for us to prevent the spread of sin in our lives, we have to know where sin comes from. Luckily, God’s word describes for us how sin can grow in our lives. Check out James 1:13-15.
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:13-15 ESV)
Temptation comes from our own desires or wants, and temptation is the breeding ground for sin. Temptation comes from our own evil desires; this means that we sometimes want to sin. Sin is way more threatening than any illness we could ever face, yet we put so much effort into staying physically healthy. However, sometimes neglect our spiritual health. It is easy to avoid the flu or the cold because they put such a damper on our bodies. We hate to feel bad, so we valiantly seek good health. However, temptation brews from our desires. We believe the things we desire will help us feel good. Because of this it is sometimes harder to resist temptation than it is to resist the common cold. Desires are not always bad, but when they pull us away from God, they are terrible and that’s exactly what sin does!
Now that we understand where sin comes from, we can talk about how to prevent it’s spread. The first thing we need to do is a desire inventory; our good desires and our bad desires need to be evaluated. We should evaluate the dreams and goals we have for our life and make sure they aren’t pulling our attention away from God. God deserves our all, so everything we want to accomplish or gain in life needs to be done with Him in mind! We also need to be aware of the evil desires we have (or what tempts us most often) and avoid being enticed by them. We need to ask ourselves, honestly, what attempts to pull us away from God. Once we identify our evil desires, hopefully, we can also identify changes to make to help avoid them.
Discuss or think on the following:
- Why do you find it hard to fight sin?
- What are some of the things that try to pull you away from God?
- Read Matthew 4:1-11: What does Jesus do to avoid temptation?
- Can you find some Bible verses that might help you when you are tempted?
- How can a Bible verse that deals with your evil desire help you when tempted?