The Child Who Grows Up To Kill
Pastor Tony Butler (365-5511)
“Let no one say when he is tempted,
‘I am tempted by God;’
for God cannot be tempted by evil,
nor does He, Himself, tempt anyone.
Each one is tempted when he is drawn away
by his own desires and enticed.
When desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
And sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death.
Do not be deceived,
My beloved brothers.”
Dealing with the ruination of sin in the life of the believer, James gives a birth analogy. He paints a picture of the believer having a baby. It is no ordinary baby, but a baby called “sin.” It was conceived and born, due to the believer’s own evil desires. The Scriptures tell us to put away the sin that so easily ensnares us, but instead, we often treat our sin as a baby to be cradled and controlled in our arms, believing somehow that the child that we have birthed will treat us differently, and will bring no harm. After all, what can a little baby do to an adult? The problem is that babies don’t stay babies. As we feed and nourish them, they grow, they grow bigger, and become more difficult to handle.
The child of sin that we produce as believers, if not repented of, will continue to increase in size to the place of maturity. In its adult stage, James is saying that it will come and look into our eyes, and stick a knife into our hearts and kill us. Sin only has one result, and that is death. Christians are not to play with it, but to forsake it.
There is a story of a woman who found a snake near to death, and took the snake into her home, nursing it back to health. She grew to love that snake, and would take it into her bosom and caress it. One night, as the snake regained its strength, it bit the woman in the neck and released the venom into her blood stream. Sensing earth was imminent, the woman cried out in shock, “O snake, why have you done this? I took you into my home and nourished you, and cherished you. Why would you bite me and put your poison into me?” The snake replied, “Because I am a snake.”
Brothers and sisters, do not believe for a moment that you can put a hot coal to your breast and not be burned. It matters not if you are a Christian, or a non-Christian. Sin has but one nature. No matter how you treat it, cherish it, and protect it, it can only bring forth death when it is of full age. If you do not believe this is true, read verse 16. Let us treat sin for what it is, an enemy that seeks to kill us. Today you may believe your child of sin which you have conceived and birthed is controllable, and that it will never hurt you. Unfortunately, there are many who have found out the hard way who believed the same thing. Let’s believe God, and put away what He hates, and cling to what He loves.