Dirty Clothes – or Clean?
The last time Patty and I were in the San Diego area, we attended a service at Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido. We listened to a memorable message given by Pastor Dennis Keating. At the time I thought “what a great way to get a profound point across.”
We recently moved the church to a new location—only a block away, but very suited for the church. One day during the move I was moving furniture and such, using a two-wheeled hand truck. The day was particularly hot and humid and there was ankle deep water in the street—the previous night’s rain runoff. At some point during the day, I told Patty we needed to do a search to find the dead animal I smelled. On my next trip, Patty delicately told me that I smelled like a dead animal.
When I got home that afternoon, I immediately went to the bathroom, stripped down, and took a shower—a long cleansing shower. After the shower I had a choice to make: Should I put on clean clothes or put on the dirty clothes lying on the floor? Any reasonable person would opt to put on clean clothes.
The problem is that, while there is no question about the physical clothes, there seems to be a question of whether or not to put on clean spiritual clothes or to put on the same dirty spiritual clothes, or the same sinful habits.
1 John 1:8-9 says, “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.” (NIV) If Jesus is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us, why do we go back to our sinful habits we had before we confessed our sins? It is neither the actions of a reasonable person, nor of a logical person.
We must be constantly alert to the temptations of Satan’s demons to move us away from walking with Christ. Talk to the Holy Spirit daily to give control of your life to Him and to let Him be in charge of your life.