Who are you?

Right after I bit the apple this morning, I knew that was a mistake.  I realized that the chews required to fully pulverize that bite was far more than my audience would want to witness.  After swallowing the not quite fully chewed mouthful, I had another problem: little bits of apple and skin moving around in my mouth.  I was hoping I could get through the remainder of the sermon without spewing the small pieces and embarrassing myself.  When I asked for water, I was only partly joking.

Upon later reflection I thought about Adam and Eve.  When did it hit them that they’d made a mistake?  Were all the little bits of fruit and skin fully swallowed or did the realization come immediately after the first bite?  When did the shame of being naked come to them?  When did they realize that they should to cover up and hide from God?

My guess is that our ancestor’s sin was much like our own.  I’m guessing the forbidden fruit was throughly enjoyed!  The reality of sin’s consequences came a short time later; perhaps in stages.  The final stage would have been when they realized their complete and utter failure to rectify the situation.  In spite of their leaf clothing and denial of responsibility, the sad truth must have finally dawned on them: they were not able to undo what they had done.

Only God could make things right and he would, but the solution for sin was no quick and easy fix.  Sin is a far more destructive force than any of us realize.  If not for God’s unconditional love for humanity, we would be hopelessly lost.  However, I’ve read somewhere that God so loved the world that he sent his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  I’m counting on that promise.  In fact, I’m staking my life on it!  How about you?

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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  1. avatar Talisha says:

    I agree also that God so loved the world that he sent his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. JESUS is what my HOPE is in, My FAITH is in and My TRUST is in.

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