Jesus referred to it as kicking sharpened sticks. It’s the action that takes place when the truth is right in front of you, painfully clear, but you continue to go up against it. You fight it. You ignore it. You close your eyes and hope it will be gone when you open them. It’s the fear that you will have to admit to being wrong about a lot of things. It’s the idea that your way is better. It’s a failure to submit. It’s an unwillingness to let go of what you think you control.
It sounds painful because it is. Kick a sharp stick with your bare foot and see what it feels like. I bet you don’t have to actually do it to know that it will hurt. No one in their right mind would intentionally kick a sharp stick. That’s insane! But I’m afraid there are many bloody footed Christians limping around today. It’s pretty common. The apostle Paul kicked some sharp sticks. I have kicked a few in my day, quite a few, I have to admit. Your feet also might bear the wounds left by a few swift kicks. Let’s be honest. We’re a bunch of stick kickers.
Life is painful enough all by itself but I wonder how much of our pain is in our feet. God speaks truth into our lives. He gives us direction. We have good teaching. We know what he wants from us, though we like to act like we don’t at times. The truth is right in front of us, yet we continue to kick against it. And it always results in pain. It doesn’t have to be this way. We simply need to stop kicking. The wounds will heal. It might mean that you have to forgive someone. It might mean that you have to truly love God and people. It might mean that you have to let go of your pride and admit that you’re wrong. It might mean that you have to do something uncomfortable for Jesus. It will take humility, but we all need more of that. It will mean letting go of your excuses. It will mean letting go of your anger and worry. Whatever area of your life that God is speaking into carries with it the opportunity for you to kick the sticks or submit to the truth.
Which will it be?