Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Untangling



“…[L]et us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” –Hebrews 12:1

Lexi walks wearing a special harness. The leash clips on at her breastbone and comes up under her right “armpit.” As long as she walks at my left side, the leash hangs between us free and clear. But if Lexi crosses in front of me to investigate something on the other side of the sidewalk, then the leash gets wrapped around her back legs. Lexi can untangle herself without stopping by doing a little hop over the chain. Then the leash shifts under her left armpit. The leash hangs between us free and clear again until Lexi decides to cross back to my left. Then she has to do her little hop step again. As long as there’s enough slack in the leash—if she isn’t pulling—then she can do it gracefully. It’s her little dance step. Are we so graceful at untangling ourselves from sin? When it ensnares us, do we hop out of its grasp? 2 Peter 2:20 says, “If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.” If we get entangled in sin, then we can’t walk with God. But if we are walking with God, then we’re grace-full enough to get untangled.

Dear God, Keep me grace-full enough to untangle myself from sin. Amen

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