“From childhood we have watched as everything our ancestors worked for—their flocks and herds, their sons and daughters—was squandered on a delusion.” Jeremiah 3:24
Serving God enriches, serving idols degrades and impoverishes. We see the people of Judah squandered everything on sin, the sin of worshipping idols. Sin corrupts a person’s relationship with God: Sin separates man from God. Sin takes a person into immense debt and subjects him to condemnation. A person must one day account for what he has done. Paul told the believers in Galatia that “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” (Galatians 5:17)
Then he lists the sordid works of the sin nature and specifies the ultimate consequence of such behavior. “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21) those who live in debauchery and sin sow the seeds of destruction in their present-day life and forfeit any hope of eternal life. Sin takes a person into immense debt and subjects him to condemnation. Sin is able to deeply corrupt a person’s own life and the life of his close ones. Sin brings misfortune into the lives of individuals, into homes, nations and all of mankind.