Imagine the evening of Labor Day has just rolled around. The third serving of barbecue has commenced, and then it’s on to the homemade ice cream topped with fresh fruit. Immediately as you finish, someone arrives with McDonald’s and offers you french fries. With that offer, you may feel inclined to smack the fry out their hand or maybe you just respectfully decline. Whichever you choose, one thing remains the same, the answer is no. Now, imagine you had not eaten anything all day, you would probably jump on the opportunity to eat greasy french fries.
This is how sin works.
A faithful relationship with God is a fruitful one, filled with nourishment the world could never provide like self-control, joy, peace, etc. (Galatians 5:22-23). When we neglect spending time with God, the fleeting pleasures of sin seem more enjoyable, but will never satisfy. There is a hunger inside our spirits waiting to be consistently edified through Bible study, honest prayer and wholehearted worship. Temptation becomes less and less satisfying, like McDonald’s french fries, the more we feast on things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5-6).
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35 NIV)