06 Jun Lawn Care
I was running the other day, and I saw a freshly cut lawn and a lawnmower in the front yard, near the house. What grabbed my attention was the uncut grass under the mower. Did they run out of gas? Did the mower break down? Or did that mower die a long time ago, and now they have to cut around it because they can’t move it? It’s hard to say.
That 99.9% completed yard got me thinking: what part of your life is unfinished? Is it business, family, personal goals, health, a hobby you almost finished, a skill you almost learned? When our lives look like a yard that is almost completely mowed, it is important to keep going.
In my daily Bible study, I have been reading through Joshua lately, and I just turned the page to Judges. What jumps out at me is the clear promise that God gave His people and how quickly they disobeyed. They had not even occupied the Promised Land before they started doing what God said explicitly not to do.
God said, do not leave any of the Canaanites in the land when you move to your new territories. The 12 Tribes divided up the land, and then they were to put down roots. There were people living in cities and strongholds in their confederacy, but God told them they should not allow them to stay. God knew that as Israel got complacent about the clear line between God’s people and their neighbors, they would be quick to adopt the foreign ways.
Their sin was about more than relaxing God’s high standards. God said if you do this, I will leave you. Israel would be without God’s protection and provision, and their lives would be much harder than they expected.
Being victims of their prosperity, they just decided to go along to get along. They had their land, and their enemies were mostly defeated. They didn’t foresee how it would be a problem one day, and it wasn’t a problem, until it was. The Israelites never fully possessed the Promised Land, because they did not do exactly what God told them to do. Inch by inch and mile by mile, their borders receded and disappeared until they had no homeland at all.
Jesus is calling you and me to give everything over to Him. He doesn’t want our lives to look almost complete; He wants to complete them. Jesus doesn’t want a portion of our yard uncut, because He wants to finish the job. What part of your life is unfinished because you are holding something back? Ask Jesus to get involved and watch how He follows through and shows us the way to love God with all that we have.
Blessings to you,