Counting the Cost, As Seen in a Commercial

blog-10-7In the arena of the world, the flesh, and the devil, pleasure comes first and the bill comes later. But they don’t want you to think about that bill right now. If the thought occurs to us, “Gee, this indulgence or sin might have a cost,” the response is “Don’t worry; charge it!” But of course the bill does come due one day. The damage caused by sinful excess cannot be staved off forever.

The commercial below shows that indulgence has a cost. In this case, there is an offer to watch unlimited TV on your mobile device—without using up any of your data! Sure … until the “limited time offer” expires, by which time you’ll have acquired an expensive new habit that you think you can’t live without.

The problem isn’t merely money, as the commercial would suggest. The problem is a life wasted on mere diversions, a life spent staring at a screen instead of with people you love, a life centered on trivialities instead of on things that really matter.

Remember, fellow Christians, pleasure is the Devil’s bait; he wants to reel you in. Be careful. Count the cost. Ponder the consequences of: “Free!” “Charge it!” and “Limited time offer!”