When Convenience is a Slippery Slope

Back in the day, I used to lift heavy weights.  A fellow ‘lifter’ told me to wear wrist-wraps and knee-wraps so I could lift heavier weights…so I did.  Indeed, these tools helped me lift heavier weights.  Then, one day, another ‘lifter’ told me to stop doing that.  Why?  Because my ligaments and support muscles weren’t growing as strong as the muscles that weren’t assisted by the wraps.  The Convenience that the wraps provided were not helpful at all in improving my ability to lift something when the wraps weren’t around.  This can be true in our everyday lives and certainly in our spiritual lives.  Convenience can become a slippery slope to laziness as well as other things.  This week’s Bible text shows this truth very clearly:

[15] And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. [16] And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. [17] And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” [18] And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. [19] And when evening came they went out of the city. (Mark 11:15-19 ESV)

You see, the things that were being sold in the temple were not always sold.  It used to be that each family brought their own sacrifice from their own belongings (for instance, a spotless and pure lamb from their flock).  They had invested greatly to sacrifice this gift to God.  Over time, the leaders decided it would be a helpful convenience to provide a ‘stand-in’ sacrifice that could be bought at the temple.  Seems helpful…just like my wrist-wraps…but over time it became a slippery slope that led to the people having nothing personally invested in their worship of Holy God.  It also became a slippery slope in that the leaders allowed these things to be sold for profit and it took their eyes off of the ministry at hand.  This weakened the faith of people and led to greater sins over time.

What conveniences in your life could lead to a problem?  Do you have anything that has aided in putting your on a slippery slope to laziness, apathy, etc.?  

When Jesus lived his perfect life for you, He did so fully invested and without any convenience.  When a sacrifice was needed for my sin, He didn’t send someone to do it…He did it Himself.  Sure, there are places where conveniences can be helpful and even aid in Kingdom growth…but let’s make sure that we don’t conveniently live a faithless life!