Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 3, 2018

Are we more like a “Pac-Man” or an Olympic marathon runner? – “let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 18:7-9.

“Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks!  For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come;  but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!

“If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you;  it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire.  If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you.  It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell.”  Matthew 18:7-9.

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There is nothing more important than avoiding hell.

But, sadly, most people still live their life as if they were a video game “Pac-Man” trying to gobble up as many pleasures and possessions as possible.

Today’s Scripture lead us to consider that many of those pleasures and possessions could be sin or at least stumbling blocks causing us to fall into sin.  Rather than gobble them up, we should be trying to avoid them.  And, if we gobbled them up, we need to get rid of them.

Instead of being like a “Pac-Man”, let us strive to be like an Olympic marathon runner who sheds off every bit of weight in body and in clothing in order to be as light as possible and in the best condition to run the race.

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”  Hebrews 12:1.

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Matthew 16:26.


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