9/2/09

Invading My Space

Facebook, MySpace, Twitter ... there’s a lot of social networking going on. But that’s not what I’m talking about today. I’m talking about the invasion of my space by a little black and white dog! When we first got Bailey, our Jack Russell, he dove under our bedspread and slept by my feet, keeping them cozy warm on cold nights. A couple of years ago, he took over the center of the bed, stretching his long legs into my back and my husband’s stomach. “You are so spoiled,” we told him. But we did nothing. Lately, I wake up with him breathing in my face, his head propped on my pillow. He thinks he owns the whole bed!

“I’ve got news for you, Buster,” I scold as I scoot him onto the floor. Like the proverbial camel who insinuated his nose into the tent—then his head, his shoulders, his back, and finally his tail—Bailey’s invasion of my space was gradual and subtle. Now it’s overwhelming and uncomfortable!

You no doubt know where I’m going with this. It’s the little things we don’t deal with that eventually take over our lives, whether an attitude or a habit. Perhaps it’s the little personality quirk that grows and becomes bothersome. More often, it’s some little sin that is sure to find us out (Numbers 32:23b) and bring consequences we might not foresee (Galatians 6:7).

Sin invades our “space” in many ways. The first source of sin in our lives is the world with its counterfeit wisdom and anti-God system (1 Corinthians 3:19; James 3:15-17; 4:4; 1 John 2:16). The second source is our flesh (Romans 7:5, 18; Ephesians 2:3a; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 John 2:16). The third source is our enemy, Satan—the tempter, schemer, and deceiver (Luke 4:1-13; John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 2:11, 14; Ephesians 6:11).

We need to be alert on all fronts! Allowing any sin to stay, unchecked—unconfessed and rejected—is foolish. The wise choice is to deal with sin at the root and quickly, before it can grow into something more serious.

What “little sin” have you allowed to invade your life? No sin is ever "little." Fast forward to how that little sin might grow and destroy something that is important to you, or to God.

For related posts, see “Tenacious Temptation” and “Faces Harder Than Rock.”

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