A taste too tempting?
The Christian life is a fight.
As soon as Christ claims us as his own, the battle against sin begins to rage.
Paul described the battle like this:
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. (Romans 7:15)
He wants to do good. He delights in God's commands. But he’s torn. Because what he hates, he still wants to do. And so he does it.
A rotten fruit
The problem with sin is that, although we hate it, we like it. Confusing, contradictory and corrupt as that is.
Like Paul, we don’t understand what we do.
I’m greedy because I think money will satisfy. I’m lustful because I think I can find lasting pleasure there. I worship the gift instead of the Giver because I believe it will make me happier.
Eve ate the apple because it looked good. But, like her, I’m deceived. The fruit inside is rotten. And so sin leaves us dissatisfied and damaged.
How can we fight it?
A sweeter taste
Two-hundred years ago a guy called Thomas Chalmers gave this answer:
"...what cannot be destroyed, may be dispossessed and one taste may be made to give way to another..."
What does he mean? Well, the fruit may look nice to the eyes. But actually it’s the worst tasting food.
What do you do to get rid of that taste?
You eat something nice. Something sweeter. Something better. And what is the only thing that tastes sweeter than the false promises of sin?
It’s the taste of God's love – a love so strong that God gave up his own son so that we’d lose our taste for sin.