"What is this you have done?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 3:11-16

Has anyone ever asked you the question which was asked of Eve, “What is this you have done?” What did Eve do? She involved another person in her sinful act, her husband.

This is the way sin works. Sin does not like to be by itself. Very few people enjoy sinning by themselves. They want company. Drug dealers keep in business by involving others. Alcoholics have drinking buddies. People who engage in sinful acts want others to join them. So one evil produces another. One personal sin seems to be less serious when others join in.

The consequences of Eve’s actions spread to Adam and subsequently to the whole human race. God wanted her to know what she had done so she would face the seriousness of her influence. Influencing others parents on children, youth on youth, bosses on employees, etc. is an awesome responsibility. We remember Jesus’ warning words:

“And whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.” Matt. 18:6

Jesus knew the power one person has over another. Each day, let us ask, “What am I doing that has a negative influence on the lives of others?” Lent is a good time for such reflection.


Lord, deliver us from influencing others to sin. Amen.