My wife has done a wonderful job at delegating the vacuuming duties in our home. She has divided the home into four sections. One section is to be vacuumed every day. The other three are to be vacuumed every week. She has given daily vacuuming assignments to each of our three older children. Furthermore, she has spoken with them about the consequences of neglecting the assigned task–double the next day. Despite the clear vision and direction, it is often the case that the daily vacuuming gets neglected. Furthermore, when asked about it, our children are often defensive and attempt to get out of their assigned duties, by saying that their sibling didn’t do it yesterday.
Recently, in our family Bible time, we were reading the Sermon on the Mount. Toward the beginning of the sermon, Jesus talks about what true righteousness looks like. He said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you” (Matthew 5:38-42).
We followed this reading with a discussion of daily vacuuming. Our children naturally resort to “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” legalism, attempting to avoid the vacuuming duty. How different this is than what Jesus says! He calls us to do what is asked of us, being ready to go further! (i.e. “give to whim who asks of you”).
How Jesus exposes our sin! How we need the gospel!