James clenched the arms of the dentist's chair, hoping Dr. Jones was nearly finished drilling out his cavity. It was a relief when the drill's buzzing stopped and Dr. Jones checked the tooth. "Are you finished yet?" James asked anxiously.
"Almost. Just a little more drilling, James," replied Dr. Jones. "We want to make sure the tooth won't continue to decay underneath the new filling." He began drilling again. "If we don't get every bit of the decay out of this tooth, it will get worse and cause problems later on." Dr. Jones hesitated. "It's a bit like that with sin in our lives, isn't it? If we don't completely get rid of a sin, it will also cause problems later on." James nodded numbly, glad he couldn't talk while Dr. Jones was working. I'm not sure I like having my church school teacher for my dentist, he thought.
"For example," continued Dr. Jones, "when I was younger, I used to tell a lot of little lies--white lies, they're often called. I didn't think they'd hurt anyone because they didn't seem like that big of a deal. But one day I told a white lie that got blown way out of proportion, and I had to keep telling bigger and bigger lies to cover it up. But the truth finally came out, and I got in big trouble. So from now on, if I ever catch myself telling a white lie, I ask God to forgive me and help me always tell the truth."
The buzzing stopped, and Dr. Jones grinned at James. "That should take care of this tooth," he said. "And if there are any cavities of sin in your life, be sure to get them drilled out, too. In fact, it's a good idea to do it every day."
James felt more relaxed now that the drilling was finished, but he thought about what Dr. Jones had said. Just yesterday he'd told his mom that all his chores were done so he could go over to Jared's, even though they weren't. He sighed as he rubbed the numb part of his jaw. I guess I have some more drilling to do, he thought.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are there things in your life that you know aren’t quite right? Maybe just a little lying, a little cheating, or a little talking about people behind their backs? There’s no such thing as big and little sins—sin is simply sin, and God hates it all. Confess your sin to God and ask Him to forgive you and help you drill the sin out of your life.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 119:133 (KJV)
Let no iniquity (sin) have dominion over me.
*Verse displayed is NKJV