If you have ever tried to lose weight you know the importance of being accountable for every bite you take; bites count.
You may not eat any of the cookies you just made, but you had a few bites of the batter; that still counts. You didn't fix a bowl of ice cream yourself, but you cleaned the spoon after dishing it up for others; that still counts. You are careful not to eat any of the brownies when they come out of the oven, but you did clean the bowl after making them; that still counts.
Every bite matters when it comes to sin too.
Just ask Adam and Eve.
That one bite of the forbidden fruit changed everything. Before that bite, Adam and Eve enjoyed a perfect relationship with God, walking with Him in the garden; with each other, they were naked and unashamed; and with all of creation, the ground produced food and the animals were friends. You know what happened after that bite; we are living it out everyday.
But from the beginning God had a plan to restore those relationships changed by that one bite.
He gave a promise – Genesis 3:15 “And I will cause hostility between you (Satan) and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He (Jesus) will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” A Savior was coming.
He gave a covering – Genesis 3:21 “And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.” Blood and death were required to cover their sin.
He gave provision – Genesis 6:7,8 “Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them. But Noah found favor with the Lord.” God used the ark to save Noah and His family, and He used the cross to save us.
Every bite matters. There is no such thing as a little sin.
Sin changes everything. The greatest casualty of sin is relationship.
God has a plan. He is always the pursuer and He's chasing you.