We have a sliding screen door on our deck but it is difficult to open and close when I am barbecuing and carrying things in and out of the house.  Because of this we bought one of those nylon screens with the magnets in the middle that you can push open and it closes by itself behind you.  It was a great idea.  Well it seemed great until we discovered that if the glass door is left open at night, some squirrels know how to push the open screen and get in.  We left the smallest of openings and he managed to sneak in one night and chew on a box of cereal.

    Sin can act in a similar fashion in our lives.  We leave the smallest of openings and it can intrude into our lives by sneaking in.  That is why Paul admonishes us in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 to “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (KJV)  The more effort we put into avoiding all sin, and even the appearance of it, the more likely we will be able to keep it from sneaking into our lives.

Published by Ray Richards