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It’s Trash Day

Jesus can remove all the trash in ur lives.

Neighborhoods across the US generally have specific pick-up days for trash. You can usually tell what day it is as every house has a trash receptacle curbside for removal by waste management. If a resident doesn’t get the bin to the curb prior to the arrival of the truck, it will be another week before the trash can be removed. Worse is if there is a waste management strike or the truck misses your street, causing trash to collect and pile up. Living in or around trash creates hazards to your health. No one wants accumulating, smelly trash.

With storage units popping up across America, it is no wonder Americans are noted for hoarding ‘stuff’, followed by their willingness to pay to transfer it to a new storage unit when they move, pay to keep all of it, and left unseen until their death. Next of kin are left to pay for a rolling dumpster, load it, and pay to have it all transported to the dump. No one wants someone else’s accumulated ‘stuff’ that is seen as worthless or has little to no value.

The Bible says that all humans inherited a sin nature from Adam, that we are all sinners (Romans 3:10, 23). It tells us that any appearance of a righteous or good thing that we do in our own power — generally to try and make us look good to others — is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6), and that the wages we earn because of our sin nature is spiritual death (Romans 6:23a).

The Apostle Paul further defines a person’s life apart from God (Galatians 5:19–21), which demonstrates that the sin nature is in control of the person. Jesus taught that a person who does not believe in Him remains condemned in sin (John 3:18).

All of this would mean we are all condemned to hell, that there is no hope, and according to Solomon, as all of life is vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:2), then what hope does a person have? In other words, it sounds like no one can get rid of his or her ‘trash’ to obtain eternal life apart from God’s judgment.

The good news is God loves people — the only created beings made in His image (Genesis 1:26) — to where He sent Jesus to provide an escape from His judgment (John 3:16–17). While we were still in our sin, God demonstrated His love for us by providing Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice to pay for mankind’s debt of sin (Romans 5:8). For those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ are saved (Acts 16:31), escaping God’s condemnation (Romans 8:1.

Think about it. No one wants accumulated trash. Not in our houses, not kept in storage for others to inherit and discard, and certainly not in our lives for which we can be condemned to hell. God provides eternal life for those who receive His gift (Romans 6:23b). God has already done everything for us, declared by Jesus as He shouts His last words from the cross (John 19:30) so that we simply have to repent and believe (Mark 1:15; Romans 10:9–10).

It is true that God is love (I John 4:8). But He is also just (Luke 18:7) and holy (Leviticus 11:41; I Peter 1:16). This means God cannot allow sin to go unpunished. Even though He is longsuffering so that a person has time to repent (turn from evil) and follow Him (II Peter 3:9), there is a day in which God’s longsuffering ends and people are judged for their sin and unbelief (John 5:24; Revelation 20:11–15).

This means that even though God loves us and provided Jesus to pay our wages of death so we don’t have to, it does not mean that every person will be saved simply because God wants everyone to be saved.

Becoming a follower of Jesus means that a believer escapes eternal condemnation, but it doesn’t make the person to be suddenly sinless. For this reason, God provides believers with two very important gifts:

· To be seen by God through the righteousness (perfect goodness) of Jesus (Isaiah 61:10; Philippians 3:9; Galatians 3:27) instead of through our sin;

· To simply ask God for forgiveness and cleansing when we fall short as humans (I John 1:9).

For believers, God also provides the Holy Spirit to help them be the people God wants them to be and to become conformed more into the image or character of Jesus (Romans 8:9, 29) as He prepares believers for their eternal home (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit plants within believers the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23) to inwardly grow into Christlikeness, and He seals us (II Corinthians 1:22, 5:5; Ephesians 1:13–14).

God must judge sin, but God has also provided a way of salvation and escape from His judgment. With that provision, He provides the Holy Spirit to awaken our spirits (John 6:63; Ephesians 2:1) so we can commune with God and become more like Jesus, sealing and securing us in God as children of God for all eternity.

It’s trash day, time to take out the trash. Accept God’s provision of salvation and eternal life. No one wants to keep the trash that will judge them to an eternity in hell when all it takes is a recognition that each of us fall short of God’s standards, that we are in and of ourselves incapable of being good enough or able to earn enough merit to come to God since the wages of sin is death.

Today is the day of salvation (II Corinthians 6:2), the day you can take out the trash. Get rid of the stench of sin, the trash that holds you back from experiencing God’s eternal favor. We have no guarantee of seeing tomorrow (James 4:14). Don’t risk your eternal future holding on to and storing your trash that keeps you separated from the love of God.

 


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AuthorRandy DeVaul | BCWorldview.org 

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