Spiritual “Gridlock”

“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” – James 4:17   

Listening to news from the world of politics can be depressing.  Whether they use the term or not, it seems the media is always telling us of the threat of “gridlock” – one party pulling one way, the other pulling another way, and the end result is nothing gets done and we go nowhere. Disheartening indeed.

But, what about the gridlock in our life? What about when we “know the right thing to do and fail to do it?” We know in our heart we should say the right thing in, do the right thing, act the right way, and yet our pride, our lack of faith, pulls us in another and we do nothing.

As depressing and disheartening as gridlock can be in the world of politics, it is even greater in Christendom. All the things accomplished (or not) in the halls of government will one day amount to a pile of ashes. The things done on behalf of the Kingdom of God have eternal relevance.

C.T. Studd wrote a poem with this line as the refrain – “Only one life ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

My prayer this week is that we will, by God’s grace, overcome the gridlock in our life and move forward in His strength.

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