Today’s scripture: 2 Peter 2:17-19
Peter used such descriptive language to describe those who choose not to follow
They are “springs without water …” They’re dry, useless, even harmful as others
are drawn to their shores with the hope of quenching thirst—and there’s no
water to be found.
They are “mists drive by a storm …” They themselves have no real influence, but
the storm that drives them—sin—is powerful and enticing. They are shrouded in
In their arrogance and vanity, they entice others, who are drawn in to the lure
of flesh and sensuality. And this doesn’t just mean sexual sin. It means
addictions to food or drugs or alcohol. It means being totally absorbed by
media or television or the internet. Anything that pulls a person away from
And then the sad part: Those who choose the attraction of sin think they’re
free. They can do whatever they want whenever they want with whomever they
want. But they’re really slaves. They’re tied and bound by whatever has
Because it’s very true: “… for by what a man is overcome, by this he is
What “enslaves” you? Your flesh? Or the truth of God’s grace, mercy, and love.
In history, slaves didn’t have a choice of who or what enslaved them. You do.