The Golf Ball



There’s a golf ball on my porch.  It’s been there for about a month and half.  This may not seem so unusual to you, but no one in my family plays golf or even owns a golf ball (that I know of).  I am not sure where it came from or who put it there.   I thought about asking my family members about it, but I never did.  I thought about picking it up and moving it, but I never did.  Instead, for 6 weeks my family and I have stepped over it or walked around it instead of just dealing with it.

Can you relate to this?  Maybe it’s not a golf ball on your porch but rather a relationship that needs tending or maybe a sin that becomes comfortable in your life, so you just live with it. Maybe it's those thoughts or words that creep into our lives and become a habit, even when we know better.  It reminds me of what Paul said about sin in Romans 7:18-19:

"And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway."

The good news is we all have the power to change.  Though we all have a sinful nature, we are not enslaved by our sin.  We have a Redeemer. We belong to Jesus.

Romans 8:1-4
"So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.  The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit."

I think I am going to walk out on the porch and move that golf ball.  Or then again, maybe I’ll just do it tomorrow.

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