I love football and have been a fan of the sport since I was a little boy. I especially enjoy following my local team. But during a recent season their poor form and losing record early in the season frustrated me greatly. So for my own personal wellbeing, I took a break. I spent 4 days avoiding anything to do with my favourite team.

During those 4 football-less days, I began to think about how difficult it is to give up things we’ve grown used to. Yet there are times when God may want us to.

For instance, we may be involved in an activity that has slowly taken over our lives—and we know it would be best to limit it (see 1 Cor. 6:12). Or we may have a habit or practice that we know doesn’t please God, and we realise that we need to let it go because we love Him and want Him to be glorified through us (15:34).

When we do find things that interfere with our relationship with the Lord, with His help we can stop. God has given us the provision (1 Cor. 10:13), and the Spirit provides the power (Rom. 8:5).

Let’s ask Him to help us not let anything block His glory from shining through.

Drawing close to Christ produces a growing Christ-likeness.


Dave Branon


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