Are your dishes clean?

Photo 155While studying for a class I was to teach, I started thinking of how people would react if they knew they were going to physically, eyes wide open; meet Jesus or God. With my hands on the computer keyboard words started coming to me and I began to type:  “If you knew you were going to have company you would clean house! You would make sure the toilet smelled fresh and had enough paper and clean towels, floors would be vacuumed and you would put good food on the table. When you set the table would you put dirty dishes on it, glasses that had been used and not washed, drop the pudding on the floor and just scrape it up and put it back in the bowls to serve it? No, you would make sure all the silver, china and glasses were gleaming and the food would be the best you could prepare! Why is it that you will choose to reserve a spot or two in your heart, rooms that you keep your deep, secret sins in, rooms that the Lord is not welcome to visit? Clean house for Me I am always with you.”

I remembered an illustration my dad used in a sermon. He asked the congregation, “If you were buying or renting a house and the owner told you that you could have the whole house except for one room, because they have some poisonous snakes they need to keep in there. Would you sign a contract like that? Of course not, yet you expect God to be happy with giving Him ‘most’ of yourself and reserve that one poisonous place for yourself, He won’t take that deal either!”

Colossians 3:1-11 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ. And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, and dirty talk. Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ everyone is included in Christ.

Everyday, make plans as if the Holy Trinity were coming to dinner and you want everything to be perfect, then you will always be prepared for whatever happens! God is welcome here all the time, good thing is, He knows what I look like without make-up, and so if I keep my heart pure before Him, I’ll look beautiful! Psalm 34:18 If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.

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