© 2011 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Janet loathed that big, ugly rock. It had claimed one lawn mower blade after another. It was a foot in diameter and protruded from the ground a couple of inches. In the lawn she had progressively manicured to near perfection, it was the one sore spot. When she came as a newlywed to this longtime family farm, her husband assured her that the rock wouldn’t budge. Since Civil War days, no one had ever been able to dig it out.
Enough was enough! It had to be done, if it took a whole day. With crowbar in hand Janet approached that boulder that had bested generations. Five minutes later, the rock was in a wheelbarrow headed for a site unseen. The rock was only a foot deep and six inches wider than it looked from the top. (Janet Fithian, “Rock of Ages,” Reader’s Digest March 1994, pp.89-90)
Is something big and ugly standing between you and a beautiful life? Yes, your sin. Maybe one sorry habit makes it most evident. Jesus requires us to repent (Luke 5:32, 24:47; Acts 17:30). What does it mean to repent? It means to change your mind about God and sin. Being sorry that we have failed God leads us to repent (2 Cor. 7:10). A better lifestyle follows true repentance (Matt. 3:8).
Can you repent? God patiently longs for you to repent (2 Pet. 3:9). When you have made that pivotal decision, expect Him to help you follow through. He “is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or imagine, according to the power at work within us” (Eph. 3:20).
We want to help you reach that point of repentance and walk the path of righteousness. That big, ugly rock can be moved. Let us help!