I was thinking about Eve and the apple at the garden of Eden. I can just imagine her looking at the attractive fruit and wondering why eating it was such a big deal. Then after taking a bite and nothing happened, she gave to Adam and he ate. I imagine that maybe all they felt was guilt and that’s why they went hiding away from God. Little did they know that eating that fruit costed every human being eternal death. A small act could lead to very tragic consequences. I think if they would have known the consequences they would not have dared taking the fruit. However when it comes to sin, we never get to know the results until we do it.
An example is when someone is being introduced to a drug, at first it just looks harmless and fun. Until someone gets hooked and they are addicted. In fact most people are given their first drug for free, then when they get addicted they now have to buy. Another example is pornography, this looks very harmless. Until someone realizes that they are struggling, and they are probably addicted.
The Bible gives consequences, but I think because they do not happen immediately it is easy to just sin and move on with life. In the old days results were happening spontaneous, for example Ananias and Sapphira, who died instantly for just giving a lie. Being under Grace can make us live carelessly. When the Bible says the wages of sin is death, I think we mostly go ahead because death does not look real. I bet physical death is what looks serious, but in the real sense spiritual death is more tragic.
My challenge and encouragement to you and myself is to take God’s word with the seriousness it deserves. The consequences if sin might look harmless today but at the end of the day, they look very magnified. I don’t know about you, but I always desire to make it to heaven. Which calls for a life in holiness. Am not saying it is easy, but I believe if God said we should do it then it must be possible.