Our verse for today comes from 1 Corinthians 4:4, ” For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. “
For obvious reasons, my kids are not overly fond of cleaning the bathrooms. But on top of their dislike for chores in general and the yuckiness of bathroom filth in particular, they also have to deal with my final review of their job. Once they think they have done their best and finished cleaning, I get to look over their work and point out the areas that still need addressing. Their reactions then might vary from tepid acceptance to extreme frustration, but they never argue that the dirty spots really aren’t dirty and don’t need further attention. And once the task is complete, we are all satisfied that the bathroom is as clean as it should be. But within each of us there is a heart where stains reside that no Comet can cleanse. And the ultimate question is, is it clean? In Paul’s language we would ask, “Am I aware of anything against myself?”
That’s a difficult question to ask. In fact, many of us may not want to ask it. For to ask it implies that you will do something about the answer. And if the answer is yes, then that something involves confession and repentance. And that’s usually no picnic. Actually, for me it’s like cleaning the bathroom, disgusting and joyous. I’m broken and disgusted over the filth and dirt, the sin, but the dramatic transformation that occurs afterward is invigorating and pleasing. But I must desire it, and I must put in the effort. And moreover, if I declare myself clean, I must resist the pride that will come knocking, and submit to the Lord’s ultimate judgment. If Satan tempts us to be justified and content with our tithing or serving or Bible knowledge, how much more will he bait us with our self-proclaimed piety? Yes, we must ask the question of ourselves. And if you cannot, then fall on your face before God and beg for mercy. He wants us clean, so He wants us to want to be clean. And when you uncover some dirt, be rid of it, and thank God that He is working in your life, working to make you more like Himself.
As we seek Him today, let Him love you by revealing where your heart needs cleansing. Don’t abide the sparkle of sin and miss out on the brilliance of His glory.
Rich Holt / Originally Published on : BCWorldview.org
Also published on : Medium.com.