Steeped in Sin

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

God will use anything to communicate with us. And perhaps He chose my favorite drink to convey His message as He knew I’d comprehend it easily. Case in point, yesterday I was making a cup of tea; 

and as soon as I dropped bag into the steaming mug of water, it instantly started changing color. 

It dawned on me that sin works in the same way.  As soon as we allow it into our lives, it immediately taints every other aspect. We have to be careful what we expose ourselves to for this very reason. Because of this, I choose not to watch every television show that airs, buy many of the latest CDs, or go to the hippest places in town. I don’t want to infiltrate my mind and eventually my heart with garbage. “Garbage in, garbage out” as the old saying goes. And scripture warns us to guard our hearts for everything we do flows from it. 

I have enough negativity in my life and I don’t need additional doses. Even Tea has been twisted by the world. “Sipping” or “spilling” tea means to listen to gossip or spread it. Sad. Sin everywhere. 

I’m thankful that God chose to share this vivid example with me as it’s one I won’t soon forget. God is talking and I’m listening. 


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