Would You Like A Sample?

“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”

James 1:14

I was shopping at the mall during Christmas time one year. As expected, the mall was filled with people and parking was hard to find. I was in a hurry, and I knew exactly what I wanted and where I needed to go. I walked quickly through the mall and was headed directly to the store where I wanted to go when I heard someone say, “Would you like a free sample?” I heard the word “free” and I paused to see what this magical gift could be.

I stopped my progress and headed over to the lady who was offering me a free sample. She put some lotion on my hand and took a hard look at my nails. She stated my skin was dry and that my nails lacked natural shine. I always thought my nails looked fine, but apparently they needed some TLC. She took out a buffing pad and started to work her magic. She shined my thumb nail to a mirror finish and then stopped. My hand now looked abnormal and she told me she would do all my nails if I purchased the nail buffer. I agreed to her deal and soon my nails looked like a million bucks.

She had my full attention and continued to point out areas on me that needed significant work. My elbows were ashy and my cuticles were grotesque. I soon forgot how much of a hurry I was in, and the sales lady tried every potion she sold to work her magic on me. I ended up purchasing Dead Sea salt, a nail buffer, lotion and anti-aging cream. I was several hundred dollars lighter in the wallet but my skin felt soft and my nails shone like never before. I had spent my budget, and I did not even make it to the store that I came to the mall for. Rebekah received some nice skin products that year for Christmas, but not the gifts I truly wanted to give her.

I learned my lesson that whenever I go to the mall, I make sure to not look to the left or to the right. I focus on the task at hand, and I make no eye contact with anyone who says the word, “free”. I have learned there are no such things as free samples, and I am okay with my ashy elbows and my aging eyes. I vowed to never be lured in again by someone saying I can look 20 years younger. The devil is quick to say, “free sample” or “this one time won’t hurt you”. He is the father of all lies and seeks to draw us away from the truth using the things we are attracted to. We plan on staying just a few seconds, but then he has us in his trap. We find it hard to leave and we stay longer than we ever should. He knows the words to say, and he is the ultimate slick salesman. He will use all items at his disposal to draw us in, and we must not be drawn away by our own lust.

What is Satan whispering in your ear? What lust are you drawn by? What is he tempting you with? Are you ignoring his voice or are you succumbing to his sales pitch? I can assure you I am no longer tempted by smooth skin, and I have learned my lesson the hard way. James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Are you being tempted by your own lusts or have you learned to say no to your fleshly desires? May we not fall for the Devil’s sales pitch, and may we find true victory and satisfaction in Jesus.

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