LETTING GO OF YOUR “CANDIES”
In Africa, monkeys are hunted for their meat. An ingenious method is used to trap the animals. Large wooden vases are fastened to trees. Each vase has a single opening, just big enough for the outstretched hand of an adult monkey. Candy is put inside the vases because its smell lures the monkeys to reach inside. But their doubled-up fists are too large to go back through the openings. Rather than ‘let go” of the candy to escape, most monkeys refuse to drop their treasures even when they see the hunters approach. They are trapped by their own foolish greed.
Growing spiritually is more a matter of admitting and letting go of our “candies” (wrongdoings) and embracing the new life we have in Christ Jesus. This is a race, a journey. The most important thing we can do to stay in the race is to “fix our eyes on Jesus.” After all, He got us in the race in the first place, and not only is He with us helping us get through the race, He stands at the finish line with His arms wide open and a cup of ice-cold water in His hand. My friend, when we know where we’re going and we know God is empowering us; the running comes much more easily.
Unlike the African monkeys, let go of your “candies” and focus on Jesus, your Redeemer. And you will not only escape the unrest in life, but also enjoy the freedom that awaits you.
“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12: 1- 3 NIV)
Lord, give me the strength and the perseverance to let go of everything that get in the way of my relationship to You.
God’s grace to you,
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