Sunday night on our long drive home from church, David and I were listening to the radio. They were talking about marriage and the divorce rate and such. Then they proceeded to talk about libraries. Yes, that's right, a Christian radio station had a whole hour devoted to having a man answer questions like, how long have you worked with the library system, how many books are in the library, and how old is the library. Truly fascinating. Amongst either the marriage or the library talk one of the radio announcers said, You crave what you taste. Simple and almost a "duh" statement but I had never really thought about that before. The reason I crave cinnamon rolls and cheesecake ice cream with raspberry swirl is because I've tasted them and they tasted good. The reason why I had David go to Walmart at 11pm to pick me up a fruity dessert was because I had tasted a fruity dessert earlier and wanted more.
Once I stopped thinking about all the foods that I was craving -and all the food that I could be craving- I thought about how true that statement is in my life. I crave what I taste.
I taste power. It tastes good. I crave more of it.
I taste selfishness. I crave more.
I taste immediate gratification. I crave more.
Sin is sin and I completely understand that. But I wonder if we crave certain sins more than others because we've tasted it so many other times. By tasting it you would have to give in to it. By giving in to it you make it that much harder not to crave it.
Often I catch myself thinking, Jesus, why do I bother trying to do right, trying to think right, eventually I'm going to give in might as well be now. But overcoming that craving to sin -to be selfish, to have immediate gratification- just once could possibly make that craving get smaller and smaller to the point where I can easily say no to it. Yes, it may be tough...but it's pretty awesome to know that I've got someone on my side who has already conquered sin.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.nNow if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:1-14