I cook A LOT, obviously. Sometimes I get really lazy. Judge me if you want, but occasionally I will leave pan for a bit and not wash it right away. You’ve done this too and I’m sure instantly regretted it. Cleaning a pan that has hardened food on it is an actual nightmare. You end up having to let it soak for a while or you just go full blown elbow-grease on that thing. It takes time and work to clean a pan that has been left sitting in its own mess..
This is a lot like sin.
When we let sin simmer and sit in our linves, it can get stuck on us. It can harden our hearts. And once we have let it be our story for a while, it can be difficult to get off…just like the hardened food on a pan left overnight. To be clear, I am not saying that it is hard work for God to redeem us or forgive us or wipe our slate clean. He longs to forgive us. His word already promised He would work it all out for our good (Romans 8:28) and that His mercy would be new for us every morning. (Lamentations 3:23)
This is absolutely the truth we should cling to.
But even in that beautiful promise, sin does have real world consequences even when we are redeemed and forgiven. And unfortunately, sometimes those are hard to get rid of. It can be hard to quit an addiction 30 years in, or reconcile that relationship when it’s been dead for so long. Sometimes our sin results in diseases we can’t get rid of or a career we can never get back. Those are real consequences for sin that sometimes we can’t always escape.
But just like we can wash a dish before the food dries on it, there are times where we can stop sin before the lasting effects take place. God said we would be tempted but we would never be tempted beyond what we can bear. (1 Corinthians 10:13) When we find ourselves being tempted or slipping into sin, we can take action to resist. We can ask God for help, ask a friend for accountability, remove ourselves from the situation- whatever it takes. We have to stop sin in its tracks before it hardens our hearts or changes our circumstances in unimaginable ways. Or worse, leads us straight to death. (Romans 6:23). Don’t let the sin sit, friend. Resist it. Fight it. Repent for it. & let the blood of Jesus wipe the slate clean.
Wash your dishes beloved. Life is harder when you don’t.
What does Taco salad have to do with Sin? It was so good it was sinful! ha. JK. But really– after cooking the ground beef, I did not want to wash the dishes and things got difficult fast. But anyways. GREAT salad. Definitely try it.