The Root of the Problem

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Beautiful meadow lands sprawl along the flowing river. The land is covered with grasses to feed the animals and trees to shade them as they rest. However, tangled canopies of wild blackberry bushes, some over twelve feet high are taking over acres of the meadow lands. Under this canopy is beautiful soil where grasses grew and animals ranged but the land is becoming useless because of the blackberry bushes.

This large canopy of bush is created by a few main roots and long runners that climb all over everything including the shade trees.

Pushing through the blackberry bushes with a front end loader drops the canopy and pulls the runners away exposing the ground beneath it. A few passes with the machine quickly opens a large area of ground that can now grow the grasses that were being smothered out.

Our lives are similar. We let things grow into our lives that can smother us. When we let sin root itself in our lives it produces branches that can take over everything else and makes our Christian walk unproductive. By getting to the root of the problem we can clear out the bad things and get on with the things the Lord would have us do.

Lord and Heavenly Father please help us prepare our minds for action that we would keep sober in spirit, fixing our hope completely on the grace to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, we will not be conformed to the former lusts which were ours in our ignorance, but like You, the Holy One who called us, will be holy ourselves also in all our behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” In Jesus name amen.” 1 Peter 1:13-16

by Alec Niemi
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