We were just having an ordinary lunch at home when my 5-year-old asked a random question. Out of the blue she says, “So, when you’re married, does God sneak up on you and put the baby in you?”
Fork suspended in mid-air between my plate and my mouth, I had to force myself to look at her with a straight face. “Why yes, my dear, that’s exactly how it happens.” I’m a good mom, and I didn’t want to traumatize her with more information than I thought she could handle at age 5. After all, we still don’t use the anatomically correct names of the body parts in our household. Imagine explaining the Birds and the Bees with vocabulary that includes “nibbies, yoo-hoo, and cheeky monkey”. I don’t think so.
But the Apostle James wasn’t so concerned about the tender innocence of his readers when he wrote his description of how a “sin baby” is born. In James 1:14-15 he wrote:
“The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lusts. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.” (The Message Version)
Other versions say when we are dragged off and enticed by our own evil desires, then sin is conceived. God does not tempt us. Satan has been around long enough, watching the human race, that he’s an expert at where to find our weaknesses. With a little depth sounding and poking around, he quickly finds your pressure points. That’s when he attacks… not head on, but from the side, all sly and sexy, easy and secretive. “Did God really say you couldn’t eat of ANY fruit in the garden?” That meanie, old God. He doesn’t want you to have ANY fun. Bait and hook, you’re caught. Then he can drag you away and rape your spirit.
When, because of your lusts and desires for more, you open your mouth and swallow that hook, you are impregnated. As a zygote turns into a baby, so a tiny lust grows into sin.
God told Cain, brother of Abel and first-born of Adam and Eve, “Sin is crouching at your door waiting to pounce on you, but you must master it!” In Abel’s case, a bad attitude led to jealousy and hatred of his brother which led to murder. When sin becomes an adult, it becomes a real killer. It may kill others, but it will always kill you.
You can’t hide that Sin Baby behind your little fig leaf. God sees all. God knows your thoughts even before you do! No, the only way to kill the Sin Baby is to expose it. Throw it out from the shelter of your warm embrace. Repentance is the only thing that can stop this deadly spiritual cycle. “Repentance” is not a popular word, but it is the only cure for the hook you swallowed. Tell Father God what you’ve done. Tell him you’re sorry and ask him to forgive you. God draws near to the broken and contrite heart. A bruised reed he won’t break off. Repent and He will forgive you and heal you.