I went grocery shopping this week and the stores are full of holiday goodies so I picked up a few extra (yummy) items for my family. I set some chocolate dipped pretzels out on the counter and every time someone would pass by them, they’d reach in and grab another handful. Needless to say, within one day, I noticed they were almost all gone! But hey, that’s what I bought them for.
But later, the Holy Spirit showed me something about the ease of “dipping” in and indulging ourselves, even when it’s not in our best interest. My husband was teasing me about a game I like to play on my phone. I should’ve just taken his ribbing with a laugh but the bowl of self-defense was sitting right beside me so I indulged myself and smarted off.
How many times have I done that and regretted it? Too many to count I’m sure. What I realized is that it’s like the tempting goodies on the counter. It’s my choice to partake of the flesh or not. Peter said, “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul…” (1 Peter 2:11, MSG).
There’s the trap. Our ego. I let someone’s teasing push my ego buttons and next thing you know I’ve dipped my hand in the mud and slung it back. Not good. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words” (Proverbs 18:21, AMP). This works both ways obviously. And in my case, not the way it should have this time.
I didn’t say anything hurtful (although I have in the past). It was the mere fact that I put my hand in the bowl when I didn’t have to. I know that’s what the Holy Spirit wanted me to see. To indulge means to yield to an inclination or desire; to allow oneself to gratify their feelings.
My lesson: I don’t have to partake of every indulgence that shows itself.
So in the future, yummy goodies on the counter might be harmless, but let’s learn to pass on bowls of indulging the flesh.