Some time ago, Laura Joffe Numeroff wrote a clever little book called If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. In the story, an adorable mouse shows up at the home of a small boy, asking for a cookie. As soon as he gets his cookie, the mouse has another request: he’d like a glass of milk. Then he needs a straw, and then a napkin… and on and on it goes.
By the end of the book, this cute little critter has completely taken over the house. His young host has spent the entire day accommodating the mouse’s ever-growing list of demands – and cleaning up after the mess that results.
The moral of the story is clear: If you give a mouse a cookie, you’ll get more than you ever bargained for!
Well, whenever I see that cute little mouse, I’m reminded of something not so cute – the power of sin. At one time or another, we’ve all had an unexpected visitor show up at our door. We’ve all been tempted to make room in our hearts for a “little” sin. Nothing major, of course. No big deal.
At first, its demands are few. But the longer we entertain that “little” sin, the bigger – and more demanding — it grows. Before we know it, it’s taken over our lives in ways we never dreamed of.
James 1:14 explains, “Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.” (NLT)
If you find a little “mouse” perched on the doorstep of your heart today, send him packing. As Christians, we already have a Heavenly House Guest who has made our hearts His home. We can’t afford to make room for anything that will keep us from wholeheartedly, faithfully loving and serving Him.