Stop being naughty. I tell my two year old son that all the time. He’ll pour water out of the bathtub or dump a box of baking soda all over the carpet, or even (and it happens far too often) pee on the floor or in a toy in the playroom.
He knows that he’s not supposed to do these things, but he does them anyway. He knows he’ll get in trouble but that doesn’t stop him.
Everyday people are naughty. We’ll eat food that’s bad for us. We’ll tell lies. We’ll gossip. We’ll cheat on our wives. And we’ll even hate people and want them dead.
Why are we naughty? Why does my two year old pee on his toys and why do men cheat on their wives? Because it feels good.
It feels good to be naughty. We like the feeling of sneaking around and doing things we aren’t supposed to do. We even like it when others see us doing wrong. We want to have secret sins and we want to flaunt how we do bad things and get away with it.
The problem is, we don’t get away with it.
When my son dumps water out of his bath, eventually I’m going to find out about it. I’m going to walk in and see the huge pool of water on the floor and put two and two together. It’s the same way with us. One day your wife will find out that you’re cheating on her. One day your friends will find out you’re gossiping about them. One day you will pay for your sin.
Even if you get away with it your entire life, you will have to face God and tell Him why you were sinning. And you should know that there’s no excuse.
I walked in on my son in the bathroom today and he jumped and said “sorry,” but his sorry didn’t matter. There was water everywhere. He made his mess and he had to be punished and he had to clean it up.
You can be as sorry as you want, but you have to be punished and you have to clean up the mess you made. God’s grace let’s us still enter into heaven if we accept Jesus’ payment for our sins, but we can never undo the sins that we have done.
So why are we naughty? Why do we do things that we know are wrong? We’re going to pay the consequences for what we do, but we do it anyway.
Stop being naughty. Don’t do the things you know are wrong. It might feel good to cheat on your wife, it might feel good to gossip, but it’s not worth it.