James 1:21 (NKJV)
21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
We have had the most amazing time this summer, we decided to purchase a seasonal spot at our favorite campground. It has been one of the best experiences of my life. The beauty that surrounds our camper, the sounds of nature at night, the relaxation of the weekends, have all worked together to remind us of just how great God’s creation truly is. There is, however, one tremendous downside… campground dust. It has been a fairly dry summer, so there is dirt and dust just about everywhere you look. Like the sin of the world, it seems there is no escaping its grasp.
Little By Little
I was just noticing last night how this campground dust works. You begin the day knowing that the dust is out there, you understand what kind of problems it can cause, but you also know that you have to eventually go through it. You spend the first few minutes walking through the campground not thinking too much about it. Then you start to get that distinct dirty feeling. As you look down at your feet, they may be a little dirty but nothing to really be too concerned with. Another hour may pass and your feet may feel a little dirtier, but still nothing to be bothered by. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, your feet are as dirty as they have ever been. It happens so incredibly fast.
If we are honest, sin works the same exact way. What seems to be a very small sin, a sin you do not have to be worried about, quickly morphs out of control if we do not control it appropriately. This is the case with many sins but a perfect example is drinking. Nobody starts out with the desire to become a drunkard. It happens over the course of time. What starts off as a beer on Friday nights, left unchecked, can turn into a nightly problem. You can put almost any sin you can think of into this equation and it all works pretty much the same.
How Good The Cleansing Feels
1 John 1:9 promises us… (9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness… We walk through a very dirty world, we are bound to pick up some of its filthiness. Praise God that He is willing to cleanse us from that unrighteousness!
If we are walking through a dirty world, we cannot be surprised when we get dirty feet. The question is, are we going to continue to walk through the mud and dirt and continue to get dirtier, or are we going to repent and seek His cleansing? We do not have to walk through this life covered in the sins and dirt of this awful world when God’s forgiveness is readily available!
1 Corinthians 6:9–11 (NKJV)
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Note From The Author... The photo above is certainly NOT my feet.