A few days ago, I brought a 6’ ladder into my office to hang curtains. They were hung immediately, but the ladder wasn’t removed immediately.
That first day, every time I walked into my office, I saw the ladder and thought “oh yes. I need to move that back to the garage.” The second day I noticed it when I walked in the first time and had the same thought. “Need to move that.” I barely noticed it the rest of the day.
This morning I walked into my office and sat down to pay some bills. I got up and got something from the closet. When I turned back around towards my desk I almost ran right into it. I had completely forgotten it was in the room. I hadn’t seen it when I walked in either.
Right away I thought, wow. Isn’t that just like how we are with sin?
We commit the offense (whether adultery. . . or lying. . . or gossip. . . or. . . ) and the Spirit of God taps us on the shoulder and we say, “Oh yes. I need to ask God to forgive me. I need to change that behavior in my life.” But we just keep on with our busy day. Or we keep being lazy about getting it taken care of. The next time we commit the sin and the Spirit taps us on the shoulder we just kind of shrug and say, “oh yeah, I’ll get to it.” Sometimes we get to the point that we don’t even sense the Holy Spirit tapping us on the shoulder as we continue to sin.
Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)
As I removed the ladder from my office a little bit ago, I found myself so grateful for the Grace of God. I’m so grateful for the WORD of God (the Bible) and the leading of the Holy Spirit. I’m not perfect. Whew. I know that is truth! I continue to ask God to open my heart and show me how to live my life better for Him. I cling to what I read in Hebrews:
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Heb 4:12)
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:16)
I love Jesus. I think my two daughters can change the world. I think you can too.
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