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  • Writer's pictureSue Bowles

‘What’s the problem, Mr. Scott?’

When there was a sense of urgency and the transporter was broken, that’s what Capt. Kirk would ask: “What’s the problem, Mr. Scott?” Sometimes I feel like my transporter has been broken which causes me to ask the same question of myself: what’s the problem?

Colossians 1:13 reads “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferrred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (NASB)

I thought about when a company ‘transfers’ something from one facility to another: it no longer exists at the one but takes up residence at the other. It’s a permanent thing – it doesn’t waffle by the day or hour or minute with where it belongs. It knows. It stays. It doesn’t look back and ‘wish’ it were elsewhere – it does what it’s supposed to do. So why don’t I?

Every time I read something like this I have to take myself back to Bible basics: (1) do I TRULY believe the Word is the INFALLIBLE Word of God – all or nothing, not multiple choice/pick & choose? (2) if I call myself a believer and the answer is yes, then why am I not believing it or living it? (3) if the answer is no and I call myself a believer I have a bigger issue (like am I truly a believer?)

So for this lesson I’m stuck on question # 2, as I’m confident all of us are some point. Paul even covers it in Romans 8:19-20 (NASB) – “For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish. But if I am doing the very thing I do not wish,I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.” There’s the question answered right there (see – God knew!). So then the responsibility becomes to confess sin, repent, pick myself up & start anew.

It’s not easy. I struggle with it, just as we all do. Most of us have that ‘one thing’ that keeps haunting us no matter how many times we repeat steps 1, 2, and 3. And I don’t have the answer. I’m still looking for it, feeling like my transporter is broken. I was challenged with what I read today….it reminded me it’s operator error, not manufacturer defect.

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