I’ve noticed lately that Chloe has a tendency to take some of her things, put them in a box, wrap them in a blanket, and either hide them under her pillow, or tuck them all around her underneath the bed sheets. I come into her room to kiss her goodnight, and I see all these mysterious lumps under the covers!
One night I pulled the covers back and asked her what all the stuff was. She started telling me each item, and I realized that all of these things were her treasures, the things that are most important to her in the world.
I wondered if she did this with them because she was afraid of losing them. Did she think they would mysteriously disappear during the night? Was she afraid Cole or someone else might come in while she was asleep and take them?
So I asked her. “Sweetie, why do you wrap things up and hide them under your pillow and bed sheets?”
She shrugged her shoulders. “I don’t know.”
Well. At least she’s clear.
If I were to guess, though, I think it all boils down to her not wanting to lose those things that are nearest and dearest to her heart.
It’s kind of like what we do with our sin.
We want to have the benefits inherent to a relationship with Christ, but we don’t necessarily want to give up all the sins that are nearest and dearest to our hearts. So we wrap them up and tuck them away somewhere in the deepest recesses of our hearts. Why do we do that? Because we’re not ready to give those sins up yet, and we’re afraid that he might take them from us against our will.
But Christ doesn’t take our sins away from us against our will. If he does, it’s not our decision to repent and seek forgiveness for them. The giving up of our sins is an important part of our spiritual development, and our spiritual growth.
Do you have a particular sin (or sins) that you’re unwilling to give up, or afraid of losing, so you’ve wrapped it up and tucked it away out of sight? You do realize that nothing escapes the sight of your heavenly father, right (Jeremiah 16:17)?
Holding onto that sin will not improve your relationship with him. So take that sin out of hiding. Bring it into the light. Confess it. Repent of it. And give it over to your heavenly father.
Parrish Myers is a local minister. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.