Accept Christ's love and walk unencumbered By Darrick Young, lead pastor, Journey Church
Recently my golden retriever, Payton, got a skin allergy on his face and scratched at it until it got infected, so the vet gave him a shave, some antibiotics, and the “Cone of Shame” to wear until it healed.
For a couple of weeks, he walked around our house looking goofy and banging into everything. I thought eventually he would realize he was walking around with his head stuck inside a satellite dish and would make allowances for it when he came through doorways or around corners, but no, the clunking on furniture and scraping of walls continued. It drove me crazy. I asked him, “How can you not remember you are wearing a giant lamp shade? It is right there next to your eyes! How can you not see this?!” He looked back with his innocent brown eyes —then rammed into my kneecaps with his cone.
As I observed how oblivious he was, I thought about myself and the times I have walked around with my mistakes, dumb choices, even sin hanging around me like that cone, acting like nothing was wrong. I saw it, other people saw it, my dog even saw it, but I chose to ignore it or pretended it didn’t matter. I remembered the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans chapter seven:
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing.”
Paul ended up doing the things he knew he shouldn’t do and often didn’t do what he should have. I can relate, maybe you can, too. The wrong action we should avoid or the right action we do avoid is as plain as the nose on our face (or cone around our head) but we ignore it and keep banging into everything around us.
That’s what makes the message of the Gospel so powerful. Despite how we miss the mark so often, Jesus’ love remains. We know what it’s like to walk around with the “Cone of Shame” in an area of our life, but, like Paul, we realize that despite our action or inaction, Christ’s love remains. And when we accept it, the cone is removed and we walk unencumbered.
Well, Payton finally got rid of his cone and hasn’t been banging into many things lately. In the same way, I am thankful that Jesus has made it possible for me to live cone-free. How about you?Journey Church
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