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The cookie jar is a timeless and telling metaphor for our human ability to stick our hands in places we shouldn't, succumbing to the temptations of this world.
-Â Life of Jesus. A child learning to stay away form the cookie jar is an important part of early spiritual development. After 40 days in the wilderness, Jesus was hungry, for far more than just a cookie. Yet Satan’s temptations, and his refusal to give in, were a crucial part in his journey to the cross. (Luke 4:1-13)
-Â Self Control. Little battles won every day of our lives, like avoiding the cookie jar, are a part of developing self-control, a fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22)
-Â Sin. Sin, as a part of our fallen world, is tasty and pleasurable — why else would it be desirable? Growing in Christ means discovering the greater pleasures of discipleship over the temporal pleasures of raiding the cookie jar. (Romans 1:18-32)
-Â Temptation. The sinful nature, present from our beginning, loves the tasty temptation of the cookie jar. But the new self is being renewed in the image of the Creator. (Colossians 3:5-10)