Bowing down once can lead to a lifetime of service.
During the temptations of Jesus, Satan said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'”
Notice the devil did not say “serve me” he said, bow down and worship.
Why do you think Jesus added the phrase “and Him only you shall serve?”
One possible reason could be that He wants us to learn this principal, if you bow down once you will serve a lifetime.
In addictions, the only sure way to prevent servitude is to never bow down or try it.
I have heard many testimonies from the addicted saying, after feeling the effects of the first try, they spend a lifetime searching for that same feeling.
It happened to me as well. As a teen after smoking that first cigarette, I chased that original feeling for fifteen years, only to catch a three and a half pack a day habit. I bowed down to that first cigarette and ended up becoming a slave to it.
The reason all of this is important is because it affects our witness to the unbelievers. If they see that we are not controlled, it makes them question what Christianity can do for them, after all they struggle with the same issues.
Let us have the same attitude as Paul, when he said in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
Father, help us to get any addictions under control, so You are the only one being served. In the name of Jesus we pray, amen.