Recently there was a man in Ohio whose personal zoo got out of control. Over 50 wild animals were let loose onto a remote Ohio town causing mass hysteria and panic. If you want to read more about this loony tune click here, but it really doesn’t matter all that much any more. In short the guy flung open the cages to the 56 animals he housed and then killed himself leaving Noah’s ark to be unleashed on this small town.
As a result the town closed roads, schools, and businesses for days as these animals were either captured or killed. Serious damage could have been done to so many people, but luckily only the owner of this makeshift zoo was injured.
What just blows me away is that this guy thought that he could play zookeeper with some of the most intense wild animals on the face of the planet! I mean really, don’t you think the electrical wires, iron bars, acres of land for habitats, and animal trainers wearing Tasers for protection at the REAL zoo should have given you a clue that this was not for the average Joe with an aquarium at his house to mess around with?
As I thought about it, we shouldn’t be to loud with our criticism because we play zookeeper every day too. Except in our case we are caging up the sin in our life thinking we can tame it somehow like these wild animals. Sadly, this can be just as destructive in the long run as a hungry wild grizzly bear chasing you down.
We all think that if we keep our sin buried deep inside us and only let it out at home or when no one is watching that we can manage it. That we can keep it at bay well enough that we don’t really need help from anyone. What we don’t realize is that at some point the cage is going to break and we won’t be able to do anything because it will be right on top of us. There in that moment your sin will be looking at you eye to eye drooling as it begins to devour you.
1 Peter 5:8 tells us “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
John 10:10a tells us “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…”
All that’s true…if…we don’t know Jesus.
“For he (Jesus) has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:13-14 (emphasis mine)
However, for us to receive the full freedom found in Christ we must be vigilant in not trying to manage our sin. We must kill it, destroy it, and avoid it at all cost.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. – Colossians 3:1-6 (emphasis mine)
The sooner we stop fooling ourselves that we can somehow manage the sin in our life and start taking it out behind the barn and disposing of it the right way the sooner we will feel Christ’s true freedom in our life. Until then we are left looking over our shoulder at the sin cages we keep in our life hoping that lock we have on the door will hold.