“Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD’S people to transgress” (1 Samuel 2:24).TEXT — 1 Samuel 2:20-26
A renowned man of God in one of his power-packed messages made the following remarks regarding the danger of sinful influences. He said, “A leader’s sin is a leading sin, a pastor’s sin is a pervasive sin, a minister’s sin is a misleading sin, a shepherd’s sin is a shielded sin, a father’s sin is a festering sin, a mother’s sin is moulding sin, a naked sin becomes a nurturing sin, a little sin becomes a licensed sin, and an open sin becomes an operative sin”.
Every Christian should constantly pray that the calamity that befell the house of Eli should not happen to him or her. Eli’s family had the opportunity of showing excellent godly examples in worship, child training and other areas. However, the children of Eli scorned that privilege and became children of Belial. They did not only sin, but influenced others to commit whoredom.
God does not have favourites when it comes to dealing with sin or indiscipline. In fact, the closer a person or family is to God, the firmer He is in dealing with their misconducts. God’s judgment was swift against the house of Eli for failing to be a good example to the nation.
The Church is the embassy of the kingdom of God on earth and every family, especially those of Christian leaders, should lead others to God. It is dangerous to engage in presumptuous sin; for every sinful act, no matter how small, will attract God’s judgment. The only solution is to promptly retrace your steps, genuinely repent and turn away from all past sins. Where appropriate, ensure that restitution is made, as this grants a good conscience before God and man.
Thought for the day
Those whose premises condone sin will soon slip into the precipice!
- in one year
- PHILEMON 1