In my house we have this rule: Last Person to Shower Must Squeegee the Shower.
It sounds like a great rule. But the problem is that it’s had the opposite effect. It’s brought out the worst in me.
If I know I’m going to be the last person to shower, then I simply don’t shower. I’ll wait until the next day. Because I don’t want to be the guy who has to squeegee the shower.
Because of a good rule, the shower doesn’t get squeegeed. I also stay dirty. We had a perfectly good law. But my selfish sinful human spirit wrecked it.
It’s the same in the Bible. It’s full of God’s good laws: “Love your Neighbour.” But our sinful human spirit perverted it to: “Love your neighbour. Hate your enemy” (Matthew 5:43).
This is why Jesus comes. Not to give us more rules, laws, and commands. But to give us a new Spirit. A Spirit that loves our enemies. (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
And yes, a Spirit that squeegees the shower when it’s my turn.
I owe this insight to Glen Scrivener and his podcast Speak Life.
Article supplied with thanks to Espresso Theology.
About the author: Sam is a theologian, preacher, author, evangelist, ethicist, cultural analyst and medical doctor.