Song of Solomon 2:15
“ Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines; for our vines have tender grapes”
In the car one day with some friends, we were joking around about my tardiness. There was no real seriousness of the matter; I wasn’t being rebuked or anything but I found myself on the defense. I felt the need to justify or give excuses for why I was late. I felt as though I was being called out, and I wanted to deflect the blame from myself. This scenario made me consider a few things, “how did I feel? What was my first emotion?”
Truth is, I took offence and felt the need to protect myself and the perception that others had of me. The first response is the true you, and at this time, this was where I was. I truly have seen this way and began to really examine myself, it was something that was seemingly small but it was an unrighteous character trait.
Often times in the church we place much emphasis on the “big sins”, things like fornication, lust, pride, stealing, unforgiveness etc. However, when it comes to those things that we consider small or little, we chalk it up to “that’s just the way I am” or we put it back on God saying things like “ God’s not done with me yet” and “I’m working on it”. If we are honest, we may even look at what God delivered us from and give ourselves a pat on the back for how far we’ve come, and that somehow excuses this flaw.
In order for these excuses to flourish, we must negate the truth. The truth is that The word tells us we are complete in Christ, and we are ONE with God. His spirit and His attributes are now in us. God does not have anything to “work on”. In him, there is no darkness or unrighteousness. It is so important that we see that with God, there is just righteousness and unrighteousness, holy and unholy, and stop trying to make provisions for our unrighteousness; after all, we are only deceiving ourselves.
This week I want to highlight those so-called “little things” or the hidden foxes that we try to justify or may not even see as such. Bringing these things in the light allows us to not only identify but to truly move. God knows all and there are no secret or “hidden” things in Him. Let’s also move in that vein, bringing all things into the light, washing one another’s feet and manifesting the life of Christ.