Just a Little Taste

I am fairly traditional in my thinking about “wifery” and homemaking. I make meals from scratch, am in charge of the operations of my home, and I make my husband’s lunch every day before he goes to work.

This year we learned that due to a health issue, we needed to change how we eat. This has been a fun adventure for us both as we watch the changes happening to our bodies as a result of practicing intermittent fasting. You can look that up if you have questions about it. It is highly recommended for the health issue we are facing.

Both of us work later into the day, so we typically don’t begin our first meal until noon. There are times as I am packing lunches that I get food on my fingers. The normal thing to do is to lick your fingers, right? Well, that is a no-no with intermittent fasting. No food shall pass thy lips until the food window opens during the fast period. I confess, it is very hard to resist licking off the little bit of homemade peanut butter or the nibbles of hummus on my finger, or even munching on the walnut that escaped the container as I am packing up the lunches. But I cannot, for, as soon as I do hunger kicks in, my blood sugar begins to rise and defeats the whole purpose of the fast period. You might be thinking, “Really? From just one little taste?” Yes.

I think just a little taste of sin works the same way in our hearts. We all mistakenly believe we can dip in and out of sinful things and emerge unscathed, but it is not true. Our hearts remain corrupted by sinful desires, even after salvation. Ephesians 4:22-24 Paul says, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

We continue to long for corruption, and all it takes is just a little taste of sin to set the process in motion.

Paul in Romans 13:14 and James in 1:14 warn us not to make provision for the desires of the flesh because they can swiftly carry us away. Like the person who opens the package of cookies to eat just one and soon after realizes she’s eaten the whole container of them, we can suddenly find ourselves immersed in sinfulness and wonder “How did I get here?” It began with one little taste of forbidden fruit.

I suspect Adam and Eve wondered the same thing after their one taste of the fruit of the forbidden tree. One moment they are enjoying a pure and sinless relationship with God and each other, and soon after are being ushered out the Garden of Eden to toil and work the ground. They must have been astonished at how quickly sin swallowed them up.

Ladies, let us not be so foolish to think we can get away with just a little taste of sin and be unscathed or unaffected by it. If you have crossed various lines in your private life, and are involved in sinful behaviors, put a halt to them immediately (Matthew 5:30). Confess your sin to God and then to a trusted friend. Secure her prayers on your behalf, and even seek biblical counseling if the desires for the sin are very strong.

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