Nail–to Pull or Not

I spotted the head of a nail in the tread of one of my tires. I am fearful to pull it out lest I also let out all the air. If it has penetrated the tire it has sealed around it. But might it work loose at a very inopportune time? I believe it was Nietzsche who said, “Be careful of the devil you cast out. It might be the best part of you.”

I have seen people, who upon conversion, became very dull people. I have to wonder what they were converted to? Before they “Came to Christ” they were very interesting people. But they gave up things they were told were “wrong” and put nothing interesting in the vacancy. It was as if a “good” life and a “bland” life are synonymous.

Sometimes we meet “converted” Christians who want to “bear testimony” of the past. They talk for an hour on how bad they had been and then spend two minutes telling us how wonderful it is that Jesus saved them from all that. It seems like the old life was more exciting than the new and there isn’t much new to tell. We pulled out the nail and all the air came out and left them flat.

Romans 5:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Written by Roger Bothwell on July 27, 2002
Spring of Life, 151 Old Farm Rd. Leominster, MA 01453