“If we claim to be without sin , we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1 8-9
Tuesday, I was out with a friend. We were having a spiritual discussion and, in the midst of it, I remember saying that while trying to be obedient to God, there’s always that one thing that we aren’t ready to give God control over in our lives. It’s that one sin that we want to hold on to. We aren’t ready to give it up because we enjoy it so much. We give God access to everything else, but try to hold on to that thing. And that “thing”, that sin could be what’s holding God back from doing amazing things in our lives.
I was sitting in church last night, and the preacher said, almost verbatim, the same thing I said during my discussion with my friend. He went on to say how sometimes we try to get rid of sin ourselves, we try to clean up our own mess, but only God, our Father, can truly purge us of our sin. When we try to do it in our own strength, we are unsuccessful.
The pastor gave us an interesting analogy. He told us of a time his daughter had an accident on herself; she’s potty trained, but she was sick. In the middle of the night, he heard her crying and he asked yelled to her room for her to come to him. She didn’t respond… he waited a few minutes and called her again. Still, no answer. The third time he called, she finally came to him, slowly.
When she pushed the door of his room open, he could see she was in discomfort. Immediately, he asked her what was wrong. As she approached him, he could smell the “accident”, although he couldn’t see it. She still had on her church clothes from the earlier service.
Immediately, he went into Father mode. He picked up his daughter and took her into the bathroom. As she began removing her clothes, he could then see that her clothes had been soiled underneath. He left her in the bathroom for a moment to go wake up his wife for assistance. On his way down the hall, he noticed that his daughter had tracked “dirt” all down the hall from her room leading to the bathroom.
When he got to her room, he noticed that, not only was the carpet soiled, but it was on the walls, the cabinets, and the bed. Before she came to his room, she tried to clean herself, that’s what took her so long to respond to his calls.
Isn’t that how we are sometimes with God? We get ourselves in a mess that we think we can clean up ourselves, but we can’t. Metaphorically speaking, sometimes we cover our mess with clean clothes, but it doesn’t hide the smell of it. But everywhere we go, we track our mess around, we leave residue of our “sin” wherever we go. We infect those who we come in contact with because he have not been purged.
Like his daughter, we can’t clean up the mess ourselves, we have to go to the Father. He will purge us of our sin. God knows us inside and out, let’s not hold on to any sin. Hand it over to God and let him work in our lives and in our favor.
I don’t know about you all, but that was a good Word from Pastor John Gray. We all need to be reminded of it, no matter how long we’ve been a Christian.
Have a blessed rest of the day!!!