A few years ago we built an enclosed storage area near our house. Not long afterward I was moving things around looking for something when this unpleasant thought crossed my mind: “Snakes would probably like to nest in this space!” While I had never seen a snake, or any evidence of one in this area, just the possibility of it would quicken my heart rate, and my rummaging speed, every time I opened the door!
It wasn’t too long before I decided I should do something to minimize the potential of encountering a slithering reptile in my storage area! So after doing some research on the various methods and products available for repelling these repulsive creatures, I purchased a granular snake repellent at a local hardware store.
Now all I had to do was to spread the repellent around the walls of the storage space. It was guaranteed that snakes would not cross it. I immediately thought of two concerns: First, I would have to move all the items in storage away from the walls so that I could pour out the repellent as directed. But what if I already had snakes hiding in the stuff I would be moving? I wasn’t too excited about the idea of moving things around and raising the ire of any snakes that may have already made my storage area their home!
Secondly, what if I had snakes living in the center of the storage area? I might not disturb them while moving the stuff around the perimeter, but what if the repellent ended up keeping them from escaping my building? Worse, what if the repellent infuriated them to the point that my hypothetical snakes became more aggressive than normal?
A few days ago I noticed my snake repellent container sitting in a corner of my storage area. I had never opened it! I had feared snakes enough to buy the repellent, and to store it in my storage area, but I didn’t fear the slithering reptiles enough to use the repellent as directed! Bottom line: Unless snakes can read what it says on the container, I might as well set out a liter of Dr. Pepper!
Before you take me to task on my vacillation, let me suggest this is a fairly common trait among us humans! If not so much in buying snake repellents, I see it often in “buying fire insurance.” It’s a term some folks use to describe doing religious practices intended to appease God and avoid hell. Token activities like merely going to church, coming down to the altar, repeating a rote prayer, or even being baptized will not “buy” anyone anything!
If we really want to repel snakes, we are going to have to go all-in and follow the directions wholeheartedly having faith it will work! Accordingly, if we want to appease God and avoid hell, we are going to have to go all-in and follow Jesus wholeheartedly having faith He will work!