The Apostle Paul refers to this faith walk of ours as a race.
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me,
if only I may finish the race and complete the task
the Lord Jesus has given me—
the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.”
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run,
but only one gets the prize?
Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
1 Corinthians 9:24
“You were running a good race.
Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?”
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:7
I was thinking one day about how easy it is to rationalize sin.
I am now convinced that we can rationalize nearly anything when given enough time to allow our enemy, the deceiver, (and yes, even our own selfishness) to whisper those little lies that can penetrate even the most faithful of hearts.
For our own safety and success in this race, we must be constantly on our guard against temptation cleverly disguised as something that will make us feel better in the short term but in reality only leads to a crippling handicap.
Rationalizing our sin is like tying our shoes together and then
expecting to be able to run.
It’s not only foolish…it’s dangerous.