This morning as I was getting my kids ready for school, my 13 year old son shook me up by telling me about a story he read before bed last night. He said that in the story a woman had a pet python. Over time she noticed that her beloved pet was not eating. She took the snake to the veterinarian to see what could be done about the problem. The doctor asked an odd question, “Does your pet sleep with you?” Yuck! Turns out that indeed the pet snake shared the woman’s bed. The doctor proceeded to inform the woman that her beloved python was starving itself so that it would be hungry enough to eat her when just the right moment arrived!
Wow. Picture that for a moment.
This story troubles me so much. It makes me want to just weep for people who I love, who are sleeping with their “pythons” and believing that it is a safe and acceptable way to live.
Your sin will find you out. (Numbers 32:23b)
It’s time to take a big ax and chop off the head of that ugly snake. Don’t delay another day. I beg you to do it now before it swallows you alive.
If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into hell. (Matthew 5:30)
Maybe you need to get rid of your phone or cable, or maybe you have some friendships or a relationship that you need to end. These measures are not too extreme.