Have you ever told a little white lie? There may have been a situation where you thought that it was the only solution. You said to yourself, “It’s no big deal. It can’t harm anyone.” You may have stretched the truth, left part of it out, or simply told a blatant lie. Your lie may have gone unnoticed by man, but it did not go unnoticed by God. Whatever your noble or ignoble reason for the lie, it was sin, and sin always has its consequences.
In 1 Samuel 21, David told a lie. He told a Ahimelech, a priest, that He had been sent on urgent business by the king. David was not aware of the consequences of his sin. He thought that the little white lie he had told would go unnoticed. It did not. Later, in 1 Samuel 22, when Saul came to the priest he demanded an account of what had happened. As a direct or indirect result of David’s lie, 85 priests were murdered, as well as countless others. David’s sin did have a consequence.
We can tell ourselves that we are different. We can say, “Oh, but David was a king. His actions counted more.” But that is far from the truth. Galatians 6:7 reads, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Whatever sin we participate in, we have open the door to other sin. If we think that we can tell a “small” lie and not reap the consequences, we are lying to ourselves. We will reap consequences, and as with David, others may also.
Galatians continues in verse 8 with these words, “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” If we choose to sin, no matter how “small” we think the sin is, we will reap the consequences. However, if we choose to resist the flesh and follow after righteousness, we will reap the abundant life Christ has for us.
I would like to challenge you, sow to the Spirit. If you have a sin that you regard as small, don’t allow it to remain in your life. It will bring consequences that are far out of your control. As a wise man once said, “You can choose your sin, but it is not often that you can choose the consequences of it.”
“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” -James 1:15