DEALING WITH YOUR VERY OWN NATURE
Once upon a time, a hunter was walking through a wooded area in the winter. It was quite cold, with light snow on the ground. As he made his way, he came upon snake who pleaded with the hunter for mercy. “I am so cold,” said the snake. “Please put me in your backpack lest I soon die. I must get warm. Your backpack will do the trick, and I am not heavy enough to be a burden to you.” Whereupon the hunter replied, “No! I cannot do this. You will bite me, then I will die.” “Oh, no!” replied the snake. “I would never do that to a friend. I am simply one of God’s creatures about to die, and you are my only hope. Please allow me a place in your backpack.”
After thinking a moment about what the snake had said, and what his plight was, the hunter relented, and placed the nearly frozen snake in his backpack, and went on his way. After some time, the snake revived from the warmth of the hunter’s body conducting through the backpack. Immediately, the snake crawled out of the backpack and bit the hunter on the neck.
“What have you done!” declared the hunter. I befriended you when there was no one else to do it. I saved you from certain death. Now, I shall die. Is this the way you reward such kind deeds?”
“Oh, don’t be upset,” said the snake. “It is my nature to bite. It is your nature to believe a lie. We have only done what is our nature to do.”
Nothing about a snake has changed. Nothing about sin has changed. Hear James 1:14-16, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.”