We all know the story of how sin came into the world. Eve was tempted by the serpent, she ate the fruit and the rest is history. However, there is one line in the story that explains the nature of sin and points us towards the antidote.

The bible says that when Eve looked at the fruit, she noticed that it was ‘good for food, a delight to the eyes and was to be desired’. This is significant because for the first time she no longer sees creation as a gift that points her to the creator. She now sees her own emptiness and hunger which must be filled. When she looks at the fruit, all that she sees is herself and her own need.

For evermore, this has been the pattern of sin (particularly the case with lust, gluttony, envy and greed). We look at things or other people and only see our own hunger and need.

Jesus gives the antidote when he explains that the most important commandment is to ‘love the lord your God with all your heart, mind, strength and soul’. The answer to sin is to stop looking at ourselves and return to worship. The Holy Spirit gives us the grace to once again see the giver of the gift, rather than only seeing the hunger within that this gift could fill. Worship will turn us outwards and transform our disordered vision of the world.

So the next time that your mind is filled with lust, greed, envy or gluttony, spend some time worshiping God for the element of creation that is tempting you. Recognize it as a gift from God and you might just find that the ‘temptation’ disappears.