Daily Devotional for June 15, 2021

While our main church campus is four city blocks that have been consolidated into one, we also own additional property across the street.  It is a large garage with eight huge bays, an office, and storage area.  In addition, we have two other buildings on this property.  For the last few months, it has become a true point of frustration.

We use these buildings to store our church vans, large equipment, and trailers.  But unfortunately, the business that rented the property next to us has not been an exemplary neighbor.  They have repeatedly left trailers and broken-down vehicles on our property.  Also, along with the liability issue, they made it impossible to access one end of our building.

When Sam and I asked them to move their property away from the church, they assured us it would happen.  It never did.

The owners of the property were having as many problems with their renters as we were.  Then, yesterday, everything changed.

Early in the morning, as I was driving to the church, I passed the rented property.  I noticed two constable cars and many people in the parking lot.  The renters were being evicted.

This got me thinking.

The initial thought that ran through my head was one of sadness.  Life cannot be good if you are being evicted.  But I looked at it from a Biblical perspective and got a completely different take.  Not all circumstance or relationships are of God.  Sometimes the very best thing you can do is cut it off.

As Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount, when it comes to relationships, he says, “And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it I better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.”  (Matthew 5:30)

Is there a habit, toxic relationship, or temptation that you need to cut off to be the person that God created you to be?

Whatever it is, ask God for the wisdom, strength, and resolve to end whatever pushes you away from your true reason for being.  God will help.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me purge from my life those things that are harmful, destructive, and corrosive.  Help me become healthy in mind, body, and soul.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

In order to be the person God created me to be, I have decided to evict Brussels sprouts and kale from my life.  Any true Christian would agree this is the right thing to do.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins