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What flag football taught me about the wages of sin

It’s Wednesday.

And I’m still sore.

I know what you’re thinking, because I’m thinking it too: “Dude, you’re old and out of shape!” I agree. I am old and out of shape. As Commander Stinger told Maverick in the movie “Top Gun:” “Your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash.” Guilty as charged. Middle-aged men should not pick up and play football for a few hours on a Saturday and expect to avoid the consequences.

That’s the thing. It was so fun. It was a beautiful day. We all had a great time of fellowship. While I thought about the consequences of my actions and knew I would be sore, I intentionally ignored them to keep having fun.

But I’m still paying for it. Knees don’t want to work. Legs feel much heavier. I have a hard time going down my stairs and getting out of my car. I think I pulled a “love handle.” It’s bad.

In much the same way, when we enjoy “the passing pleasures of sin” for a few moments, sooner or later we will feel the consequences of our actions. Our bodies won’t be able to cash those checks. I enjoyed flag football for a few hours, but I am no longer enjoying it. I’m paying for it.

What are you enjoying now that you shouldn’t be, and that you will be paying for later? Where has the Holy Spirit confronted you and yet you have ignored obeying Him in order to “enjoy the fun for now?”

Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not anti-flag football or anti-fun. I enjoy both. But wisdom heeds correction and direction from God. His direction is there for our protection. For our good. The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

He is our only hope. He is our way of escape. In Jesus alone can we find true freedom from slavery to sin and from its consequences. This Sunday we will gather together and look to Him again. We’ll worship Him together and learn more of Him as we look at His Word together. Friday night at 7 we’ll also have another opportunity for food and fellowship together at church. I hope you can join us then too!

Hopefully I’ll be moving better by then. If I’m not, you can bet that I’m still learning my lesson from flag football.

See you soon!

Pastor Jason