The sun shines bright but the day is cold. Bitter cold has invaded the country and people go about their business bundled in heavy coats, hats, scarves, and boots. The snow is deep and pure white as the sun reflects off the icy snow.
A business man hurries toward his car that’s parked across the street from his office. He has a date with his mistress and dinner guests are expected at home this evening. His wife will be furious if he is late. His mind is occupied as he reaches his gloved hand for the car door handle.
A Man steps up and asks, “May I ride with you for a short distance? My battery is dead on my car and there’s a repair shop a few miles from here.” He blows warm breath on His cold bare hands. The business man looks at him and hesitates for a moment. He can see the Man is cold but He looks innocent enough so he says, “Sure, hop in.”
Music is playing softly on the radio as the business man drives slowly down the snow covered street. The Man looks over at the driver and states, “It’s beautiful when it snows.” The driver smirks and replies, without taking his eyes off the road, “Yeah, it is pretty now but when it starts melting its ugly as sin.”
The Man chuckles and replies, “Yes, sin is certainly ugly!”
“That was just an expression I used. It has nothing to do with sin.”
“Ah, but it has everything to do with sin,” The Man states.
“Man sees something beautiful, like a beautiful woman. Gradually he becomes acquainted and before long there’s an adulterous affair taking place. What began as beautiful has suddenly turned quite ugly.”
A guilty groan escapes the driver before he can stop it.
“Sin always has a consequence and it always affects more than just the one who is sinning.” The Man continues as He looks over at the driver.
The driver squirms in his seat and speeds up. “What’s the name of this repair shop you want?” The driver asks in a perturbed tone.
This conversation is not what he expected or wants.
“David’s Car Repair. You know, like David in the Bible that had the affair with Bathsheba?”
“Who are you and what do you want!?” The driver angrily demands as he jerks the car to the side of the road and stops.
“I am the I Am. You have a beautiful wife that loves you very much. Go and sin no more.” The Man opens the car door and steps out into the cold and watches as the car fishtails on the icy road when the driver guns the car and speeds off.
John 8:34 – “Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave to sin.”
Sin is sin, is sin, is sin, in God’s eyes! Most people will disagree with that statement because we tend to place various sins in categories of severity as our way of excusing our sins. Stealing an apple from a sidewalk stand, in our eyes, is less sin than committing murder. In God’s eye’s it is still sin and He hates sin! His justice is handed out accordingly but we, in our human thinking, tend to fluff off the apple theft. Every sin has a consequence and always affects more than just the one who commits the sin. In this example it’s easy to see how a murder will affect an entire family but what about the apple theft? The grocer had to pay for that apple so he has lost a profit. If enough apples are stolen then it could easily affect his day’s wages, hence affecting his families over all income. No sin goes without punishment for the Lord our God sees all. The apple thief may think he got away but God is watching and will judge us on every thought and every deed; good and bad. If we ask Him for His forgiveness and repent, that sin is then forgiven. We may walk in freedom. Christ said, “Go and sin no more.”