We made our way today, just a couple of miles away to the library, but as I was driving and my head slightly bobbing back and forth with the rotation of each tire, I had a thought.
Sin is so much like that splitting tire. It seems to not be much of an issue until it separates and lands you on the side of the road. At first all you have is a little uneven driving. Nothing big. Just a little extra bouncing and vibration. Even questioning the smoothness of the road can play into your decisions. You might even become used to it and not realize the potential of a blowout.
At least until it blows. And when it blows, it not only affects you and your vehicle, but it can potentially effect many cars around you and even cause some serious accidents.
So it is with sin. At first you notice that first nip in your conscience, but after ignoring it for a while you don't even recognize the "bounce". Until it blows. And your life is plastered all over the road. Even hurting other people in the process.
James 1:13-15 reminds us:
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. 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.
Don't let your tires blowout, friends. Deal with the little things knowing they only lead to death if they are ignored.
(The green machine will hopefully have new tires this week.)