Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Parable of The Dougnuts

There once was a man named . . . well, let's just call him Bob. Bob loved doughnuts. Unfortunately for Bob, doughnuts don't love him. Doughnuts contain sugar. LOTS of sugar! And Bob is diabetic. Sugar is a problem for Bob. Bob has too much of it and his old body just can't get rid of it like it used to.

Bob still loves doughnuts though. Even though they are bad for him. When Bob sees doughnuts on the counter at work, Bob becomes tempted and, more times than not, Bob succumbs to the doughnut temptation. Bob is weak.

But Bob is learning. Bob has been informed of what will happen to him if he keeps on eating doughnuts. Bob could die sooner than he'd like. Dying is also a bad thing. Bob has a choice to make - life or death. Seems like a no-brainer.

Yeah. It SEEMS that way.

Let's talk about sin for a moment. We have a choice to make there too. We could choose NOT to sin but sin is something we love to do it seems. Sin is natural for us. It's almost like we were made to sin.

Sin is like doughnuts. It just sits there on the counter saying, "Here I am. I'm waiting for you. Come have some before it's all gone."

There are some people I know who don't like doughnuts. Or maybe they DO like doughnuts, they just have stronger will power than I do. Do YOU like doughnuts?

People will always sin. We always have. We always will. The Bible says that "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). That means we are going to pay for that sin someday and the price for our sins is extremely high. Death. OUR death.

When we surrender our lives to Jesus He takes away that penalty. We no longer have to pay that ultimate price. Jesus took care of that on the cross. And the doughnuts? Jesus gives us the strength to resist them. We still want the doughnuts but we are somehow made strong enough the resist them. But it is OUR choice.

We Christians are not immune from sinning. There is still temptation. Sometimes we fall. We can still eat WAY too many doughnuts. But there comes a point at which we can say to ourselves, "That's enough. There are more important things to focus on. More important things to consume."

We have a choice to make in our lives.

"6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." - Romans 6:1-4

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