Here’s a news flash: Fire is hot and will burn you.
What? You say you already knew that? You say everybody knows that? Don’t be too sure! There are millions of people playing with fire right this minute as if it’s the most harmless thing in the world.
Look at today’s news and you’ll see that Jack Schaap, former minister of the 40,000 member First Baptist Church of Hammond Indiana, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old church member. Schaap had been the preaching minister of the church for 11 years and was known for his fiery sermons. He and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 30 years and have two children. His sin was exposed when a friend inadvertently saw a photo on Schaap’s cell phone of him and the girl kissing. A check of phone records indicated that Schaap had sent the girl as many as 600 text messages per month.
Are you keeping a secret that, if exposed, would burn down your world? Maybe you’re being very careful with it. Perhaps you’ve worked out a plan that seems foolproof, one that keeps your tracks covered and your friends hoodwinked. Maybe you’ve convinced yourself that you’re clever enough to keep the secret forever.
Don’t be a fool.
Numbers 32:23 says, “You may be sure your sin will find you out.”
No matter how spiffy your life looks from the outside…no matter how successful or respected you are…no matter how many accolades you’ve garnered, you are growing a little weaker, not a little stronger every day if you are harboring secret sin. You’re making your heart a safe haven for your deadliest enemy. And you’re setting yourself up for a terrible fall.
Right now would be a good time to reach for the fire extinguisher.
For further reflection read Proverbs 6:27-28, Ecclesiastes 12:14 and Galatians 6:7.