Don’t Do It
By James Metsger
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. (1 John 2:1)
Many people believe the author of 1 John was an old man when he wrote this letter. He was likely your grandpa’s age. I like grandpas. Grandpas have lived a little life. They’ve weathered the storms. They’ve seen fads come and go. Grandpas, at least godly grandpas, are full of wisdom. They offer advice that comes from personal experience. That is why when John writes, “I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin,” I don’t think he’s doing it with a clenched jaw and a stern voice. I think he has experienced enough life to know that sin is never worth it.
Sometimes regrettable decisions in life are made in the heat of the moment. Your son or daughter drops your phone and the glass shatters. You’re furious. Your blood boils. With voice raised, you say something you’d like to have back. Someone cuts you off on the way to work. They’re texting and eating a breakfast sandwich, while simultaneously reaching in the back seat to grab their son’s permission slip they forgot to sign. They drift into your lane. You immediately honk your horn, throw your hands to heaven, and spew out a few choice words. Those decisions happen in an instant.
Other regrettable decisions in life are well thought through. They’re premeditated. Your spouse is working late. Your husband is out of town. Your parents put you in charge. Your boss is gone for a few days. You plot. You plan. You pretend. You prepare. You’ve determined to work your plan. No one will know. No one will notice. No one will find out. No one will get hurt. John, by now an old man, writes to remind us, “Don’t do it. It’s not worth it.” It never is.
The purchase won’t satisfy you.
The few clicks on the computer won’t fulfill you.
The relationship won’t complete you.
I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.
John is testifying about Jesus knowing that the more a person understands the glory of the Son of God, the less attractive sin will appear. Sin will never be worth it.
Reflect: Are you contemplating doing something that you’ll regret? What is it? Tell someone. Remember, it’s not worth it.