“Crocodiles in the Lake”

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“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” – Romans 6:23.

Several years ago, the newspapers told the story of an old woman who lived in the south of Florida. Her home was a shack located next to a small lake where she gathered her water every day. In the lake there lived a crocodile. Although it was a dangerous animal, the lady allowed him to live in the lake because it seemed tame. Neither of them hated the other. They lived in perfect peace.

However, one day, while the lady was drawing water from the lake, the crocodile swam submerged and attacked her. He squeezed her hand with his huge, strong jaw. She tried to get rid of the crocodile, but it ripped her hand. Bleeding a lot, the old woman managed to crawl to her house and called for help. Finally, the ambulance arrived and her hand was taken care of.

The next day, the forest guard found the crocodile in the lake and killed him. The forest guard informed the journalists: “Crocodiles are more dangerous when they lose their fear of humans. By allowing it to remain in your lake, even if you do not know it, it gives the crocodile the courage to attack.”

The Bible teaches us that the wages of sin is death. Many times we think that small and innocent sins will not do us much harm, and that we can leave them in our lives, without suffering the consequences. We know that we must expel them. But we end up behaving like the little old lady in the story.

As the crocodile does not bother us, we caress the sin and it goes on staying. In the end, it will be able to bite us and tear off a piece of our being.

The writer of the book of Hebrews advised that we should be free of all that hinders our progress, especially the sin that distracts us. If we do not get rid of it, we are at a disadvantage and that will be detrimental to the cause of God.

Today, think about the crocodiles that live with you and pray for God to help you eliminate them, before it is too late.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us – Hebrews 12:1.

-Jaime Restrepo