Okay, so it says “fruit” in the bible, but I always think of an apple for some reason. That terrible, seductive apple that Eve stole a bite from after the serpent sleezed his way into her heart. However or whatever you want to think that fruit is, well, it is up to you. I picture it as an everday ordinary apple.
Read through Genesis 2:25-3:13
To sum up these scriptures:
Adam and Eve were perfectly made by God. The felt no shame and yet they were naked. But one day the serpent cunningly slithered up to Eve. That tricky serpent asked Eve why God told her not to eat from any of the trees in the garden. Eve corrected the serpent and told him that it is only the one tree in the middle of the garden that they cannot eat from, “lest they die.” The serpent continues on to trick Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. He tells her that if she eats it, she will become god-like. Eve is intrigued by this new bit of knowledge and takes a bite from the fruit, then she offers a bite to Adam. Adam too indulges in the fruit. They were ashamed of what they did, so they hid from God. Of course God finds them, and Adam and Eve come clean on what they did in disobedience to God.
What? An ordinary apple tempted Eve, really? Are you kidding me? It wasn’t a piece of decadent chocolate cake, it wasn’t an expensive piece of jewelry, and it wasn’t money hanging from that tree. It was an ordinary piece of fruit that seduced her into sin. Sure the fruit had the look of power and greatness, only because that is how the serpent made it look. But come on, it was an apple.
Before I could utter those words that I can never take back, you know the ones that we all say, “Oh, I would and will never do that.” You know those words. We have all uttered them and we have all wanted to desperately take them back. I am not going to lie to you. Every day, I am enticed into sin by ordinary simple items. I let those simple items become “god-like” which makes them appealing. In all reality, they are not tempting at all, but I make them look that way. If only I would step back and really think about that temptation, but I don’t. I allow others to make these simple things seem enticing.
Why do I do this? Because I fall into the trap of measuring what I have against what others have. I might be measuring my faith. I might be measuring my self-worth. I might even be measuring my husband’s job. It doesn’t matter what it is, but I find myself thinking – “I am not good enough.”
Alas, that ordinary item becomes god-like and I make myself think that I MUST have it. I am just like Eve.
Let’s not forget that when Eve actually commits the sin, she then entices Adam into the sin. Oh. My. Goodness. Once again, when I sin, I do drag others down with me. You know why? Because then I don’t feel so badly about myself. And Eve did just that. She, just like the serpent did to her, seduced Adam into sin. Do you think this made her feel better? I have been there and I can honestly say; it made me feel worse. I not only chose to disobey God, but I made someone else disobey God. That is when I fall to my knees and beg for God’s mercy (which by the way I never deserve, but He gives it to me anyway).
The upside of this Fall of Man story is that God does find Adam and Eve (even though they do their best to hide from Him). He finds them and makes them face their sin head-on. Of course they will suffer the consequences of their sinfulness. We cannot go without some type of penance for our sins, but God forgives us. He forgives us for our sins WHEN we recognize our wrong-doing. We may hide until He finds us OR we may admit it right away. Regardless of how we handle our sinfulness, God meets us with Mercy and Grace.
Those ordinary items in life can take on the look of idols to us. Watch out! Spend time with God so that you can recognize the signs of these sins before you transform them into idols. Pray. Read scripture. Open your heart to God. Stop that serpent from entering your life, so that you can make wise choices with God at your side.