|Tweezers don’t seem to do the trick on my trademark. rgbstock.com|
Sometimes, I get stuck in a cycle of sin and avoid dealing with it. I am so grateful Jesus came to permanently eradicate its effect on me.
Ironically, I was reminded of this today as I was tweezing the same stupid sprouts again, specifically the stiff black sprout that is a hair wide and an eighth of an inch long on the top and 6 feet deep underneath on the left side of my face and that fuzzy cluster in my lip mole. (yeah. gross.)
They lurk under the surface after I tweeze, then hibernate and incubate until just the right moment when ta-dah!, they break free from beneath and raise to the full height of all that is embarrassing. They might as well have a neon sign hovering above saying,
I have asked a surgeon to remove that mole and he has advised me that it is my trademark. Really?!
All this thinking about my lack of tuft love has made me think about sin:
- I have a couple of sins that pop up repetitively (like those wayward sprouts) and
- I want them gone when they come to my attention.
- I confess them (I listen to the Spirit as he looks in my spirit mirror, notes them, points them out, and I see and agree they must go).
- I repent of them (I tweeze, pluck, reject them, wash them down the drain, and turn out the light on them).
- I move forward, free from the bondage…until they appear again.
Something more drastic has to be done to my perpetual same-old sin. I can’t take care of it on my own. When I finally realize my poverty of spirit, I come to Him ready for Him to take care of it so I can be free.
He plucks out that heart of stone and gives us a pliable heart of flesh that responds to His Spirit’s promptings of sin. His gracious goodness abolishes the pattern of slavery to self and sin. We are free to move about life as new creations. No more self-attempts to eradicate the sin. No more tiny tweezers for big sin problems.
As God said to Israel in Ezekiel 36:26-27 the Christian can take to heart as He fulfills this for us in Christ,
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” – (NIV)
It takes a gracious good God to do it for us.