There is a story that doctors used to test the sanity of a mental health patient by the following: the patient was placed in a room with a sink. The tap was turned on and a stopper was put in the drain until the sink overflowed. The patient was then handed a mop and the door was closed.

If the patient had enough sense to shut off the water, pull the plug, and then mop up the water, he was considered capable of going home. But on the other hand, if the patient mopped like crazy and never bothered to shut off the water and/or pull the plug, he was considered still insane and needed to be detained a little longer in the mental institution.

When it comes to true freedom. Really grabbing holding of a lasting, enduring freedom, there are people in this world that are mopping like crazy, but the water is still running, and the plug is still in the drain. Some are even people who we’d consider quite sane, but they are plagued by their own personal issues and they haven’t figured out how to stop the flooding in their lives.  Most of these people know there’s a problem they just haven’t figured out where to go to solve it.

When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, she was caught in the cycle of repeating the same problems.

I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”  John 4:17-18

She found herself going from one problematic relationship to another. Each time she thought she had freedom she found herself bound again. Maybe you can relate. If you have experienced temporary, but not enduring freedom. If you have a friend or loved one who seemed victorious only to once again be defeated.

Left to ourselves, we rarely deal with the root of an issue. We are far too busy trying to deal with the symptoms of the problem rather than the cause. In fact, the Bible says that outside of Christ, we are blind to our real need. The good news is Jesus came to give us lasting freedom. He came to deal with the issue of sin in our lives and give us new life in Him.

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:16-17


  1. What mistakes / sins do you find yourself repeating over and over again?
  2. Do you find yourself trying to treat the symptoms and not the cause of the issue?


Father, thank You that Jesus came to deal with the deep issue of sin in my life. Thank You that in Him we have freedom and are a new creation. Help me to confess my sins to you and allow You to change my heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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