Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Is It Time for Some Cleaning?
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness” (1 John 1:9 nlt).
There was a time when pet stores sold bunnies and little fuzzy chicks at Easter. And as I recall, some of the chicks were even dyed different colors. People apparently thought these were cute gifts to get for a child.
And while it seemed like a great idea at the time, what about nine months later when full-grown rabbits and chicks were roaming around the house? Little, cute things turned into big things.
In the same way, little sins can turn into big sins. Then you have a problem. By nature, I’m a messy person. But my wife, Cathe, is the neatest person who perhaps has ever walked this earth. I think the only person who was tidier than Cathe was her mother.
Cathe is always tidying, always cleaning things up. When a mess begins to build up, her philosophy is to get things sorted out right away.
On the other hand, my approach is getting to it later. Not long ago, my office got so messy that Cathe and a friend cleaned it out. They did an amazing job of getting rid of all the clutter.
But then Cathe came into my office awhile later and said, “Greg, look. That book is out of place. You’re starting to pile these things up over there. You’re doing it again.” And she started straightening things up.
We can do the same thing spiritually. Sometimes we’ll let little sins into our lives. We’ll say, “I’ll get to it later,” and then we let a few more things in as well. Then the next thing we know, it’s a huge problem that we don’t even know how to approach.
That’s why we want to go to the Lord on a regular basis and ask Him to cleanse us of our sins. Because we sin more than we think we do.
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