How many branches can you carry?
That’s an important question if you live in certain areas of Africa. Women (yes, the ones relegated to this onerous chore) must search for wood to prepare their meals. Often, they must walk miles in their search.
The bigger the bundle of branches you can carry, the fewer trips you must make.
A host for a popular travel show happened upon several women along the road with enormous bundles of branches atop their heads. He wanted to share their experience and hopefully help if he could.
He got out of his SUV and convinced one of the women to let him try to balance her branches on his head. He was moderately successful, but the bigger bundles were too cumbersome.
The travel host had no skill at something the women had perfected. They could do what he could not, and it had become second nature to them.
The women soon asked him to follow along from the road and let them get back to getting the day’s job done.
Hebrews 9:28 tells us:
“So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.”
This is what Jesus does. He brings salvation to the lost. We need to quit interfering by adding rules and regulations of our own, and let Jesus get back to getting the day’s job done.
Jesus is better at forgiving sins than we will ever be. Let’s let him carry our branches and follow after him.
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