Have you ever heard the phrase “You can’t play with fire without getting burned.”? What do you think it means?
Proverbs 6:27-28. 27Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? 28Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?
When I was in middle school my best friend and I literally played with fire in the woods behind is house. You can probably guess what happened. Let’s just say it involved fire trucks.
Solomon is telling his children that “you can’t play with fire without getting burned.” But he’s not talking about literal fire. What do you think he is talking about?
That’s right. He’s talking about sin.
Solomon asks two questions that are both easy to answer. No, you can’t carry fire next to your chest without catching your shirt on fire. No, you can’t walk on hot coals without burning your feet. And NO you can’t play around with sin and it not hurt you. You can’t play around with cheating without it hurting how much people trust you and your ability to learn. You can’t play around with being lazy without eventually missing out on opportunities to succeed. You can’t hang around with the mean kids and it not make you mean too. You can’t hug fire without being burned.
Jesus never carried fire. He never walked on hot coals (again, not literally). What I mean is, Jesus never sinned. And yet, on the cross he was burned for us. He took our fire, our hot coals, so that we never have to be burned up by our sin. Through Jesus we are forgiven for our sin. And now, because we love and trust Jesus, we don’t need to play around with sin. We can be happy obeying Jesus.
Because of Jesus we are forgiven for all our sin.
With Jesus we can resist sin.
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Go over your family’s fire escape plan and other rules regarding not playing with fire. Talk about how sin is like a fire that can burn us badly.
Jesus, keep me from the temptation to sin and teach me to trust you. Amen.
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