Our sin is like iguanas. That’s right: Iguanas. I never would have said that before our vacation to Florida last month. Did you know that south Florida has an iguana problem? Iguanas are not native to Florida, but now they are everywhere. Do you know how it started? Somebody let a pet iguana loose. Just one. Then another person did. Then a few more. There are no natural predators. Nobody stopped those iguanas. So they started to reproduce. Now there are iguanas everywhere eating everything! There’s no solution. Just a few unwanted pets left unchecked turned into an uncontrollable problem.
Our sin is like iguanas. It starts with one little sin, right? One little sin that doesn’t seem so bad. Then two little sins. When those sins aren’t stopped, when no one calls you to repent, those two little sins start to work together. More sins. Bigger sins. You know how this works. Suddenly, you look at your life, and you realize it’s full of sins. Sinful attitudes. Sinful words. Sinful thoughts. Everywhere you look. The Bible says this about our sins, “Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?” (1 Corinthians 5:6). Just a couple little sins left unchecked turn into an uncontrollable problem.
I don’t know the solution to iguanas, but thankfully God has provided a solution for our sins: “The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Before your sins spread like iguanas—or when your sins spread like iguanas!—confess them to Jesus and trust in his forgiveness.