Into the very Paradise of God, Satan walked with his lies. It is impossible to comprehend the devastation that was thrust upon the entire universe as Eve sank her teeth into that forbidden fruit.
Satan achieved the most diabolical victory ever in that one supremely simple feat of tempting Eve to do the wrong thing.
I have often tried to convey to others the dramatic effect of EXPONENTIAL POTENTIAL - that is, the long-term, even eternal effect of ONE SIMPLE ACT.
We rarely contemplate the eternal consequences of each and every choice we make.
EVERY ACT and EVERY CHOICE, no matter how small, has a long-term, even eternal effect on your life AND the life of others.
One GOOD act, one GOOD choice has immeasurable potential for good.
One BAD act, one BAD choice has unimaginable potential for evil.
That is why we must carefully and thoughtfully make certain that EVERY STEP WE TAKE is the very best we can possibly take.
Let me illustrate.
One kernel of corn, when planted, will produce a corn stalk. That corn stalk will produce in one season several ears of corn. One ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows.
But that is not the end of the matter. In fact, it is scarcely the beginning. If every kernel of corn on every ear of corn from just ONE STALK were re-planted, it would yield an entire crop of corn.
Each pound of corn contains 1,300 kernels.
One bushel of corn contains about 56 pounds of kernels.
One acre of land produces an average of 182 bushels of corn.
One acre of land produces over THIRTEEN MILLION kernels of corn.
Look at it from a larger perspective.
One single farmer can produce enough food for 129 people. And not just for people. Corn is a primary food in the production of beef, pork, catfish and chicken. Corn is in taco shells, corn chips, corn syrup (in thousands of products), candies, and more. Corn is also converted to ethanol which has become a major source of fuel.
In fact, corn is now found in more than 4,000 NON-FOOD products around the world, including such unlikely things as wallpaper glue, pillows and comforters, industrial filters, gypsum wallboard and even corn-based plastics.
Here is an amazing fact that few people know about corn.
The first known corn crops were found in Mexico, many centuries ago. Originally, however, they were very small plants, and the ears of corn were very small by comparison to today's corn.
Why is that significant to this topic?
Because EVERYTHING in our lives starts small. It is through CAREFUL CULTIVATION and MANAGEMENT of each kernel that the entire world is fed.
Now, let me get to the SPIRITUAL POINT:
Every single step you take - every choice you make - has exponential potential.
One choice to pull up stakes and move to another city will change not only your life, but also the lives of everyone who is near and dear to you - FOREVER!
EVERY CHOICE you make has EXPONENTIAL potential - either for good, or for bad.
One night of drinking in a bar can result in a head-on automobile crash that can send you into eternity without God.
One choice. One seed. One kernel.
BACK TO THE ORIGINAL PREMISE
In the Spiritual War between SIN and RIGHTEOUSNESS, it is supremely important that we ALWAYS stand for right.
The Apostle Paul told the Romans:
"The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore CAST OFF THE WORKS OF DARKNESS, and let us put on the armour of light.
Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
But PUT YE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, and MAKE NOT PROVISION FOR THE FLESH, to fulfil the lusts thereof."
Make NO PROVISION for the flesh to do the wrong thing.
CAST OFF all works of darkness.
Every work of the flesh has exponential potential.
Every work of darkness has exponential potential.
ONE SIN has all the potential of one kernel of corn.
ONE SIN can produce a bushel, an acre, even a world full of sin.
ONE FALSE DOCTRINE can produce a world full of error.
Some people do not understand the evil potential of allowing one error, one false doctrine into their belief system. Only by carefully studying the Word of God and making certain of what it teaches can you be assured that the end result of your life will be as it should.
ONE SINFUL ACT can produce a world full of tragedy.
We simply cannot be too careful.
Just like ONE KERNEL OF CORN can lead to a world full of corn, ONE SIN, ONE ERROR can lead to a world full of tragedy.
But by the very same Law of Exponential Potential, ONE ACT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, OBEDIENCE, or TRUTHFULNESS can lead to a world full of godliness.
We should make every effort to do the right thing.
EVERY - SINGLE - TIME.