As I type, workers are saw-cutting my nice, beautiful concrete driveway. There wasn’t enough cutting on Day One of this project, so they are at it again today. Our sewage pipes have been an issue for over a decade. We tried to deal with this issue in 2011, but the crew couldn’t dig deep enough on their own to get down to the problem pipe, so we bore down in a spot closer to the surface and put in a cleanout that was easy to access. In theory, we “solved” the problem. But only in theory I guess.
I call the plumbers every six months to come and clean out the pipe. We have a significant root infestation. Lately, however, the pipes don’t stay clear for even six months. Six weeks is pushing it. We’ve tried all kinds of solutions, and I’ve had enough. This week, we get to spend a lot of money, just to make sure we can take a shower on a Sunday morning. You are welcome.
I was promised this would only take a day. We are on Day Two. They should be done today. If they should go to Day Three, it means we get to enjoy the weekend with a pile of dirt in our driveway. It’s not that big of deal, just messy and inconvenient. I’m at the point of “whatever it takes, just get it done right.” The plumbers are all nice guys — and between work at the church and here at the house, we are on a first name basis. But that’s not a good thing, is it? No. It’s not. After today, we hope to become friendly strangers. We can only hope.
Sometimes we put things off because that’s the most economical option out there. That’s been the working theory for the last 10 years. And it was. Until it wasn’t. It worked until the roots created their own home in my pipes (which are not wide enough to get the heavy-duty equipment down in there).
There is a lesson in those roots for our spiritual lives. If we let the roots of the world, the lust and greed and pride so take over our lives, they will eventually require a great cost to remove them. Because at some point, they will choke out that which is most essential in life — our walk with God.
Are you knowingly letting roots entangle your walk with God? Are you neglecting Him? Are you ignoring Him? Are you sliding through life without rigorously killing the weeds of lust? Or pride? Or greed? Or discontent? Or selfishness? Or gossip? Or judgmentalism?
My small group has been working our way through Jerry Bridges, “Respectable Sins.” It is a powerful and convicting book which has helped us (painfully) confront the sins in life that we tolerate. And there are plenty of them. It is very important to keep putting to death the deeds of the body. Or they will overtake our soul.
As I sit here typing, I’m sure I’ve spent several hundred more dollars fixing a long-lasting root problem. So how long will I let the sinful roots of self invade my walk with God?
“No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” 2 Timothy 2:4