A Place of Grace
Thought of the Week
August 14, 2017
(Note: A Place of Grace is published on a weekly basis)
What A Mess!!!
I'm sure many of you, if not all, have seen infomercials. They are commercials on TV that are trying to sell a new product to make your life easier. They show how things we do everyday are messy, frustrating, hard to do and backbreaking. The programs overdramatize whatever it is you're doing, like using liquid bath soap. You squeeze too much out of the bottle and it goes all over the shower and you, such a waste. My first thought was that I never use as much as they do and make such a mess, but this is TV and they want to sell their product. Anyway, if you buy their product, the dispenser mounts to the wall and with one push of the button you have the perfect amount of soap, no mess, no waste and no fuss. Another one shows a lady trying to get a case of bottled water out of the trunk of her car and when she bends over to lift it out she hurts her back, but if you buy their water container you will never have to buy bottled water again, no more back pain or water bottles everywhere.
Then there is the one that shows wet, nasty messes and when you use the conventional method of clean up, you waste paper towels or make the mess worse. Of course if you use their product, clean up is a breeze. What was so funny was they showed how we clean up messes. They put ketchup, mustard and water in a big puddle on the floor and showed how our normal clean up just smears it around and takes longer to clean up. If we use their product, it soaks all the mess up in a couple of moves making our lives easier. Their comment was with our method "of course you could always push it under the refrigerator." WHAT????? Who would do that?
Then I thought of us and how sin comes into our lives, what a mess! If we try to hide it, we aren't fooling anyone but ourselves. If the sin isn't seen by others then we are okay, we think. Eventually though all that garbage we pushed under the refrigerator will cause roaches to come and feast and start stinking up the house. The smell may be faint to start with and we try to mask it with perfume but the longer and longer the garbage isn't cleaned out the worse the smell becomes. We need to move the refrigerator away from the wall, clean all the dirt and grime and garbage out from under it and have the sweet smelling aroma of a pure, clean house, a pure, clean heart and a pure, clean mind.
Don't shove sin out of the way to deal with another day. don't shove garbage into the corners of your heart and mind and say I'll take care of it later. Later could be too late.
"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me."
Psalm 51:1-12 Matthew 23:25
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