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“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code… nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13-14
Lobsters are not intelligent creatures. At summer camp we found them one of the easiest to catch while night-fishing off the pier. One simply needed an old piece of rotten squid to drag along the seafloor and five minutes of patience; no hook required. Inevitably, a lobster would smell the putrid bit of squid and start chowing down. Once resistance is felt on the fishing line, one simply reels in slowly. Even when the lobster is out of the water, he will hold onto the rancid squid until he is on the pier. We would toss them back because lobster season is only in the winter, but catching a full lobster dinner would have been no problem. This stupidity of a lobster should sound alarmingly familiar to us. As humans, we’re inclined to hold onto our sin until death. We want what we want, and we’re often indifferent about the consequences. It takes an act of God to pull us away from our sinful nature and give us a new life. God’s faithfulness continues to help us both avoid sin’s putrescent bait and seek holiness instead.



Scripture Focus

John 12:37-50

Insight

Pray for discernment. It is easy to lose ourselves in the things of this world when we’re not lost in the Word of God.

Bible In A Year

  • Ezra 1-2
  • Psalm 26
  • Mark 5