TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:2 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Yesterday, I had a business lunch with some of my magazine co-workers, and we had a banana Nutella pancake. Let that sink in. Banana. Nutella. Pancake. Just one because this thing was ginormous.
I can’t even begin to think about going near the scale after eating it, and you probably gained five pounds just thinking about it. My day today will be full of salad. Why, oh why, can’t carrots taste like Nutella???
As decadent as that pancake was, I seriously regretted it later. But not during. At the moment, I was just trying to make sure I didn’t get Nutella all over my face, but with every delicious bite, regret loomed closer and closer on the horizon… Especially later, when I had to record my food in my food journal. The caloric intake did nothing to benefit my body, and while I could argue that there were bananas, let’s face it. Not everything is beneficial. Who knows? Maybe Paul had banana Nutella pancakes on his mind when he wrote, “‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things build up” (1 Corinthians 10:23)… just kidding, of course.
Regret followed my delicious indulgence. And we experience the same feelings about sin.
We often enjoy in at the moment. Hebrews 11:25 speaks of “the fleeting pleasures of sin” while James 1:14-15 says, “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.”
Sin is never worth it. Regret always catches up to us.
We’re all sinners, and at some point, all of us have faced temptation. Call it a fork in the road… do we go down the path that is sparkling with excitement and energy though we know it’s wrong? Or go down the simple path that we know is right?
The right choice starts with Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24). It’s not that money is sinful, but when we choose anything above God, including our own wants, we’ve chosen sin. But when we focus our eyes on Jesus, we’re less distracted by our temptations. We’re able to align our will with His will, and sin becomes far less attractive. All that sparkly excitement loses its appeal and becomes a garish din of noise. As it says in Galatians 5:24, “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for setting us free from the bondage of sin (John 8:34-36), and thank God that He always gives us a way out of temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). Ask the Holy Spirit to help you focus on Jesus and choose what is right. Ask Him to protect you from your temptations and direct you according to His will.
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