Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Throwing Out the Garbage

“You’ll scrap your expensive and fashionable god-images. You’ll throw them in the trash as so much garbage, saying, ‘Good riddance!’” –Isaiah 30:22 (The Message)

“The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for…. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him.” –Philippians 3:7-8 (The Message)

I know where all the trash bins are along all the routes that Lexi and I walk. I don’t want to carry her poop bags any longer than I have to; I toss them as soon as I can. Both Paul and Isaiah recommend the same thing: dump your garbage in the trash. Get rid of what you don’t need. Throw out false idols. Throw out vanity and pride. Throw out whatever comes between you and God. Know where the trash bins are—because a one-time spring cleaning isn’t enough. Every time we walk with God, we can get rid of something that hampers our faith. Every time we walk with God, we get the chance to clean up our mess. Dump your garbage in the trash.

Dear God, Show me where the trash bins are and help me get rid of what I don’t need to love you. Amen

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