“‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’”—John 8:11b
When I began walking the dog, I realized for the first time how many disgusting things get dropped by the side of the road: used bandages, chewed gum, sandwich wrappers, chicken bones. Lexi will put any of these things in her mouth. She has also picked up rocks, dirty cotton balls, discarded socks, and an unwrapped Dum Dum sucker. These things smell and taste good to her, but they aren’t good for her. When we walk in faith, we also pick up things along the way that aren’t good for us. Maybe it’s a bad habit. Maybe it’s an unsuitable friend. Maybe it’s a personally convenient theology. When Lexi picks up something she shouldn’t have, I tell her to “leave it.” Jesus tells us the same thing. Sometimes I have to trade Lexi a doggie treat. Jesus trades our sin for eternal life.
Dear God, Help me to leave the things I pick up on my faith walk that aren’t good for me. Amen