WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”
Hebrews 12:1 ESV
GET RID OF THE BAD
In a large textile mill hung a sign which read: “When your thread becomes tangled, call the foreman.” A young woman who was new on the job and whose thread became tangled thought, “I’ll just straighten this out myself.” She tried, but the situation only worsened. Finally she called the foreman. “I did the best I could,” she said. “No you didn’t,” said the foreman. “To do the best, you should have called me.” (www.christianglobe.com)
When it comes to sin and running the race of faith the best thing we can do with sin is leave it alone. The author of Hebrews warns us that sooner or later sin “clings” or we get tangled up in it and it causes us to slow down or stumble in the race. There must be something of value, relief or pleasure that would make us even want to carry the sin with us in the first place. The problem is that eventually the nature of sin is going to be destructive and costly. It’s kind of like the people who take in wild animals to be pets and the wild animal turns on them one day and attacks the owner. It’s the animals nature. And it’s the nature of sin to be destructive.
There are times when we are tempted to think we can manage the tangle of sin. There are times when we are tempted to think the pleasure of sin is worth the risk. But the bible teaches that all sin cost us in the walk of faith. Can you recall a time when you had a “pet sin?” And you thought you could manage that “pet sin” but eventually it hurt you? Ask God if there are any “pet sins” in your life now. Ask God to help you walk away from it before it hurts you or those around you anymore than it may have already.