Rolling Right Toward The Edge

Submitted by Joyce Yearsley

This morning my son was fixing some eggs for breakfast.  He put one down on the counter, very, very carefully, in such a way that it would not roll off the counter.  Almost immediately, without any external force, the egg turned and rolled toward the very edge of the counter before he caught it.  He was surprised.  “I laid it down so carefully!” .... “In such a way that it could NOT roll off the counter!”, he sadly proclaimed.
Humans are eggs.  Without any external prodding, we have the tendency, the propensity to turn ourselves in the wrong way, the way that aligns with this world, and inevitably, roll off the edge.

And I can imagine the Lord God saying something like this: “I told them they could eat freely of any tree in the Garden, except the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil, and just look at the one they ran to!  And it didn’t take very long!”.

Men (and women) are totally depraved. What in the world does that mean?  Due to being sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, we are sinners.  And we aren’t talking about a little bit of sin. Oh no, no!  We are full of sin, full up to the brim, we are swimming in sin.  Our souls are corroded with it, like soot in a chimney.  The Apostle Paul says in Galatians 5:19-21, “the deeds of the flesh are evident”.  No matter how much we try to hide them, they are plainly seen, we can’t help but display our sinful souls to all the world.  Paul goes on to list some of them.
“Idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissentions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing and (in case he missed one) things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”  Ouch!

What’s an “egg-man” to do?  We roll toward the edge, dangling precipitously at the place of no return.  But it is there that Jesus Christ meets us.  God’s grace, offered freely, His own Son’s sacrifice, covering up our sin, just as God did in the Garden after Adam and Eve sinned:
“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21
What happens to our sin “nature” after we are saved?  Our souls are a “brand new creation”,
but we still battle the flesh, and indeed, it is a battle. We are admonished in Colossians 3:1-2 to choose to set our minds on “things above”, Godly things, rather than choosing fleshly things. So, we have to make choices, sometimes minute by minute, to follow after the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  We are told in Ephesians (several times) to “stand firm”.  The more time we spend in the things of the Lord, in studying the Bible, in Christian fellowship, etc., the more we will want to choose the things of God.  In contrast, the more time we spend on things of the flesh, worldly desires, worldly media choices, the “foods of Egypt”, the more we will desire those things which are contrary to “things above”.

If we stand firm in the Spirit, we won’t be busy rolling toward the edge of the counter.
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