The Little Big Talk by Joe La Bianca
If we are faithful in little things, we will be faithful in big things. If we are in the habit of yielding to “little” sins, it will make us ready to yield to big ones. If we crumble at the smallest pressure, we will fall apart when times get tough. The small things which are easily handled will prepare us to overcome the big things. Here’s the craftiness of Satan. He will try very hard to get us to make tiny, bad decisions just to make us ready for the giant fall one day. But it isn’t the Devil that is responsible, it is us. We decide to not take that way of escape that God provides.
I am approaching this subject in a non-religious way. Religion is only man’s attempt to earn God’s favor with whatever rules any given religion will make up. But God’s way is by faith in the cross and resurrection of Jesus for our sins which results in salvation and our ability to stand. Simple trust in what Jesus has accomplished is all that is needed. When we just believe in Jesus, the Holy Spirit is given to us. He then affects all our attitudes with His divine, special presence. We will intrinsically know what will spiritually hurt us through the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit is not a law in us. He is not an inward set of rules. He’s a Father, caring for us in every way, directing and empowering our lives. It would be a mistake to take part of this message and apply it to your life, while leaving out the faith in Jesus part. Faith in Jesus is the very thing that empowers us. The power of God comes to those who believe.
Few Christians will commit socially huge sins all at once. But when we allow ourselves to practice yielding to little sins, it corrupts something inside us and weakens us for the pressures of big sins. Pressure will come. The way to endure that pressure is not by being faithless in little things. That’s a sure way to fall. Things that are done in secret will be shouted from the housetops. But did you ever consider that the one doing the secret things will be doing the shouting? His open life will make clear to all what his closed life is.
What is the answer? How do we live in this world? We live by faith, not works. We just believe and this is what equips. So believe in your Savior who died for you. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, as you simply live, move, and have your being in this world. And watch out for the subtle ways of Satan, who will train us for evil and take our strength before the evil day when we will really need it. So the next time you want to commit a little, lonely sin, just remember that what is a private thing today will be known by the world tomorrow.