A closer look

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You know the saying that the grass is always greener on the other side. And I am equally sure you know that is generally not the case. The above photo is of the property that me and my neighbor jointly own. We have been working on getting it “green” for some time.

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From a distance it looks fine but up close you can see many patches like this one.
There used to be a house there but after it was torn down the company that filled in the hole used whatever dirt they could get and did a lousy job of leveling it out. Also there was no care taken with the reseeding so there was a great deal of dirt that washed away when it rained. All in all we have been doing our best to recover the land.
Christians are like that piece of lawn. From a distance we look one way but up close you can see our flaws. We still sin, still face temptations, and deal with living in our flesh like anyone else. Paul wrote about it in Romans 7:15-21. It is not a matter that Christians want to sin or that we seek out sin but because we are still human we still have these failings.
The difference being that when we do sin we can confess those sins to our Heavenly Father and He will forgive us, 1 John 1:9. It is the equivalent of having all that lawn and though knowing it has all those bares spots and poor dirt you don’t get rid of it but rather work on it to improve how it looks, how it grows, and performs.
Changes can be made but effort must be put in to it. Now me personally I hate mowing the grass. So why would I want to improve the lawn then? Pride of ownership. Responsibility of ownership. God is the same way, we have been purchased by Him (1 Corinthians 6:20). As His property He is going to do what He can to fix us up. We should be willing to do our part. After all Christian means to be Christ-like. When people see us they should see Jesus. Do they?

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