“You can make me clean.” Mark 1:40 (NIV) The word “clean” is of huge significance here. This is a story about a man who was healed of leprosy. His diseased and wasting body was wonderfully and miraculously healed. But there’s much more here. Notice that the man does not say,...
“Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” Luke 12:2
If David could have seen all that would flow from his sin with Bathsheba—the cost to his family, the cost to his career, the cost to God’s people, and ultimately the cost to his Savior, who one day would die for these sins—don’t you think that he would have turned away from Bathsheba in a moment? He would have said, “No fleeting pleasure is worth that kind of pain.”
Many of the public figures who have been shamed by the exposure of their actions in recent times would also say, “If I had known the pain that would come to me, the cost that would come to my loved ones, I would never have done what I did.”
It is possible to serve the Lord with great distinction, and then to undo much of the good you have accomplished. For twenty years, David led the people of God into the best days that they had ever known. But the later years of his life were dominated by one trouble after another, and the root of all these troubles lay in his own sin.
The risen Lord Jesus Christ says, “Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown” (Rev. 3:11). Make sure your life story is not that for years you served the Lord, but at the end of your life it was all unraveled. See to it that no one takes your crown.
Here is a way to strengthen yourself against the power of temptation. Ask yourself, How would it be if I did this, and one day the whole world knew about it? If one day I stood before God with this laid to my charge?