The worms are biting

Each morning as he drove to work, a workman on a construction crew waved and spoke to a young boy at a fishing spot. One day, when he asked if the fish were biting, he received a strange reply: “The FISH aren’t biting, but the WORMS sure are!”

When he pulled in for petrol a little later, he jokingly told the attendant about the boy’s strange reply. The man laughed briefly, but suddenly a look of horror crossed his face and he dashed to his truck and raced off. He was the boy’s father. Sadly, he arrived too late: the boy was dead.

The boy had mistaken a nest of baby rattle snakes for worms, because they look just like worms. Unknown to many, baby rattle snakes are born with their full venom.

This is a sad but true story to illustrate a point.
Things that so often SEEM harmless are full of poison.

What about the “white” lies? and the “little fibs”? And how many more do they lead to? Someone is usually hurt by them!

What about the little bit of “harmless” gossip we listen to and pass on?   Gossip can be deadly. It can assassinate a person’s character.

What about the harsh words and temper tantrums we have and then ignore the hurt we have caused by them?

What about a little “harmless flirtation” which gets out of hand and leads to marital problems?

The list could go on and on and on.

OK I’m going to use Christian terms because I am a Christian and I believe the Bible to be the very Word of God, but whether or not you agree on the basis of my Christian belief, I am sure you will accept the logic of the above illustration I have given.

Nowhere in the Bible is sin categorised into big sins and little sins, or mortal sins and venial sins. In the Bible, sin is sin: full stop, period, end of story.

Jesus classed being angry with someone as being equivalent to murder.
He classed a lustful look as equivalent to adultery.

Just as the “worms” in this sad illustration were biting, so will sin and sin WILL reap its rewards. I can already hear some say that they like the rewards brought by sin, but as one who has been there and done that, I can tell you those rewards will never fully satisfy. That is why there is a continual seeking for something more.

I lived that life, but for the last 54 of my 76 years I have found the complete and lasting satisfaction of a life surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ, my sin Bearer, my Saviour.

Romans 3:23
Everyone has sinned and comes short of the glory of God

Romans 6:23
The penalty for sin is death
but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus

Hebrews 9:27
It is appointed to man to die once
and after that is the judgement

1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Christ died for our sins

1 Peter 3:18
Christ suffered ONCE for sins,
the Just for the unjust
to bring us to God

Acts 16:31
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
and you shall be saved

Do you agree that “from little things, big things grow”?
Do you agree that so-called “little” sins can do as much harm as, or more, than bigger ones?
Are “white lies” ever justified?

Sin is sin, is sin, is sin, IS SIN.


About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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  2. Rob Barkman says:

    The practice of excusing and justifying sin has overtaken our society. I believe one of the main reasons why this has happens falls upon our leaders. Our Governmental, Family and, even, many Church leaders publically excuse sin. We should be in prayer asking for the Lord’s gracious intervention in this area. We all must be shown that sin is a really “big deal” that can never be justified or overlooked. Lord bless you. So glad you wrote on this subject.

    • Yes Rob, this is happening at all levels. We can object to the authorities when Governments make gross sin ‘acceptable’ and legal. We can’t do much when the legal system makes excuses for sinful behaviour. We can lovingly warn individuals . We can – and should – pray for all.

      When it comes to SELF – we are each held accountable. The Christian has no excuse, because God has provided all we need to resist temptation – to resist the pressures of the world, the flesh and the devil. He has given us victory, but we must avail ourselves of His provisions. Calling sin by another name or excusing it will not alter the fact that it is sin. Nor will it alter the consequences of sin.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. Amen He saves to the uttermost, even the small sins which often are the seeds for big sins. Indeed when they are small we blame them on others for influencing us.However never forget we ARE responsible for our sins – can’t even blame the devil. Yield not to temptation for yielding is sin. We must be yielded to the Lord. We must not yield to sin.
    Father, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory fior ever m, Amen!
    Little sins will sap the power and testimony from our lives.

    “Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!” Songs of Solomon 2:15

    • Too many people these days make excuses for sin, or belittle them, saying they don’t really count. When we get a true picture of the holiness of God, we see the “tiniest” little sin as a gigantic mountain. When we get a true understanding of what it cost to redeem us from slavery to sin, we see sin in a different light.

      Praise God for His forgiveness. Praise Him that when Christ took our sin, He gave us His own righteousness.

      What an amazing God!

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