One time when I was preaching, I decided to use one of those “visual demonstrations.” I carried four worms and four jars to the pulpit.

In the first jar was alcohol - I put a worm in it. In the 2nd jar was smoke - I put a worm in it. In the 3rd jar was chocolate - I put a worm in it. In the 4th jar was good soil - I put a worm in it.

After the sermon, I referred to the jars.

The jar with alcohol - dead worm! The jar with smoke -- dead worm! The jar with chocolate -- dead worm! The jar with soil -- nice wiggly, live worm!

I then asked the congregation, “What do you learn from this demonstration?” There was silence for a moment. Then, one lil ole lady said, “As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate you won’t have worms!”


Rom 7:13
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.


Just after conversion, our spirits are genuinely tender toward our Lord. The slightest sin, then, brings guiltiness and shame upon our hearts. At that time, we have a tenderness that keeps us from wanting to bring shame or reproach upon our Lord.

As we grow and mature, it seems our spirits begin to be rubbery: Too easily bended. The truth is, that even the most tender Christian can become very callous over time. And the sins we wouldn't, we do. Just as someone constantly in contact with a firing range is not able to hear well, our spirit loses its sensitivity.

We compromise with sin. We give it different names: shortcomings, failures, etc. For instance, we might utter an unholy word in the company of unbelievers. And that speech is accepted by those of the world. Then we get to looking more at the world than the Word.

No sin is a little thing. It was because of sin our Savior was cursed, spat upon, beaten and crucified. Sin made him suffer shame, reproach and pain. Had we not been sinners of little things, it would not have become a BIG thing!

I've been studying the Bible over 50 years. There are still many things I don't understand. But there is one thing I DO understand: sin is never little or slight. It brought scars upon my Savior. And those scars will be the only thing manmade in heaven!

Sin also brings reproach upon the church. I can't tell you how many times I've visited someone and they've reminded me of the reproach of sin upon the church. They would say, "But, if God is real, why would He have so many hypocrites in the church?"

Beware of thinking that sin is little or slight. The way to do this is to spend more time in the Word. Paul says that "sin by the commandment might become exceedinly sorrowful."

I remember something Dr. John "Bud" Traylor once stated in a sermon. "Sin will keep you from the Bible, or the Bible can keep you from sin."

Keep that thought in mind.
Study more, sin less.

Love ya,