my 8 years of life son D glanced over my shoulder at the photo above, read the title of this post out loud, then declared: “I am SO touching you! I’m touching R and she is touching you!”
is he physically touching my arm? of course not. but he clearly understands and accepts the truth that we are connected via R’s neon-pink tipped finger
in part 1 (see prior post): getting as close to sin or disobedience as we can without touching is hard to resist. it takes practice and above all, god changing our hearts and desires to more closely resemble his.
and this is the sequel. another way we “touch” what god has said let there be none of. god tells us:
“ enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. for the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (matthew 7:13-14, NASB)
we know what leads to destruction. we know that choosing disobedience or sin harms our relationship with god. but sometimes it is deceptively appealing…
…we want to keep our feet firmly on the narrow way that leads to life, but we would like our narrow path to run parallel to the broad road, preferably right next to it so we can still see and hear and smell what they are having. even if we know it turns to ashes ahead…
there’s a simple solution to the touching dilemma:
turn your eyes upon jesus,
look full in his wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
in the light of his glory and grace.
hymn by helen h. lemmel, 1922
and it’s exactly what god says too…
“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, fixing our eyes on jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…” (hebrews 12:1-2, NASB)