Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Forty-Day Immersion: Day 6

The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way - never have and never will. 10:4 The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 10:5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. 10:6 Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, The Message

Day 6

One of our greatest tools for clearing the grounds of obstruction is a spiritual mine detector. What is there, below the surface that we don’t notice but get tripped up by repeatedly?

It probably isn't a big, highly noticeable thing. They are easy to spot and recognizable as obstructions. Unless we are running with our eyes closed, we can avoid them. These are things that live below the surface, like spiritual grubs in a lawn, eating away at the roots of the things were once green and flourishing in our lives.

You have to get after lawn grubs with something that will penetrate the surface, something that will get below the obvious and work where no one can see. The longer it works below the surface, the more the grubs are eradicated, the more the roots are restored, and the closer the lawn is to greening up again.

Maybe my life is a lot like that, too. It needs more than a surface application of the Bible, and its principles. It has to have a penetrating power applied to it, the power of God, deep within me, where the many small things lie that keep my life from being thoroughly green.

If I let it go unchecked, the spiritual grubs multiply. They may not infest a whole lawn or a whole life, but under examination, it’s obvious they are working there, and that something just isn’t right.

In my neighborhood, the neighbors who spend time caring for their lawns top-to-bottom have the thickest and greenest grass. The ones who just mow end up mowing less and less as spring and summer wear on.

It’s the same way with our spiritual lives.

Surface work is just that – surface. It rarely, if ever, penetrates and makes a difference at the root level. Deep work is just that, too. It is deep, and it is work, but it pays of with a green and fresh spiritual life.

What do you detect in your life-lawn today? Better yet, when the days are long and the sun grows hot, how will your spiritual root system survive?

Get deep. Get green. Get growing.

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