Mowing. For many, it’s a reality of life in the summer months for many.
You mow one Saturday, and then give it a week or two and your yard has returned to its original disheveled state, begging to me trodden again with a mower.
I know, you know what I am talking about.
Sometimes, mowing goes smoothly. Other times, it is frustrating to no end.
Recently while mowing my new home’s yard, I had one of these experiences. I had finished mowing without much complication but then, I ran upon a group of string laying coiled on the ground.
In my laziness, I decided not to pick up the string but rather weedeat as close to it as I could.
I got close. But that wasn’t close enough.
Then I got closer. I still wasn’t close enough.
And then- My weedeater wound to halt.
Before I could realize what happened, I had wound up all of the string around the head of my weedeater and locked it up.
I knew what I should have done. Yet, I ignored it. Now I was caught.
Sin works in the same way. As humans, we like to get as close to sin as possible while still staying clean.
Nonetheless, the very mindset is what begins to wind the coil. Like my laziness, our flesh moves us to avoid stopping a sinful tirade, but as believers in the Body of Christ, we are strengthened by the might of the Holy Spirit to walk according to the Scriptures.
This strengthening begins from the moment of our redemption- Our regeneration. We acknowledge that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1-2). That now, we walk by the Spirit not by the flesh. God has made aware the dangers of such “harmless strings,” and has called us to efficiency!
To holiness in His Son Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 7:1).
Therefore, walk in the Spirit of newness! Put on the new man and put off the old man (Ephesians 4:22-25)! The string of sin and flesh looms, but it could never be nearer than the Holy Spirit that resides in you.
Amen and God bless!