“That’s so tempting.”
We hear that a lot and probably don’t hear it even more often because many of us has that very thought going through our mind and we wouldn’t dare verbalize it.
Yet, temptation is very real and is best battled in the open.
Jesus himself endured 40 days of tempting in the wilderness, (Matthew 4:1-11), and James told us that we would be tempted. (James 1:13)
This week at our UNOHFCA group, we talked about temptations. The topic wasn’t what tempted each of us personally, but rather how God has equipped us for that daily fight.
One of our leaders, Aryin, talked about dirty dishes. If someone eats a bowl of ramen noodles, and cleans the bowl right away, then the job is done and the sink is empty.
But, if a house full of guys doesn’t clean their dishes for 2 weeks, then the kitchen is a mess and it will take a whole bunch of help, or time, to get it clean.
Temptation works in a very similar way. When we feel those initials urges to do something ‘wrong’, we have a choice to make. Do we fight it off when we have power over it and put it to bed? Or do we let it linger, and allow that temptation to build and grow?
James 1 continues, “each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
When we reach that ‘point of no return’ in the temptation pathway, it’s very hard to avoid falling. The sink is overflowing with dirty dishes.
We need people in our lives to help us get out of the mess. People who care and love us unconditionally with no judgment.
Ultimately, Jesus forgives us at any point in that process when we turn from the sin that has grown from temptation, and turn back to Him. But His Word tells us to “surround ourselves with a great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) as well.
Who do you have in your life to help you when the dishes begin to mount? Accountability is key. I have found that by being a part of a group of men that I have in my life to walk the road God has set out for us. If you need connected, let me know, and maybe I can help.