Cleaning Out the Garage
So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
They way to get rid of all the filth and evil is to obey God’s Word. The two go hand in hand. It’s not like cleaning out garage from old stuff first and then putting in new stuff; it’s putting in new stuff now – so much so that there’s no room for the old stuff anymore. The old stuff will just naturally get the boot.
On Sunday, Pastor Dean was teaching from Romans 6. Verse 11 says that we should consider ourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Dean went on to define the word “consider” to mean “calculate” and “deliberate.”
That got me thinking... When I’m at work, I consider myself a teacher. Swearing, wearing a bikini, or making fun of students are inappropriate ways for a teacher to behave in the classroom; teachers don’t do these things. Everyone, who wants to keep their job, is “deliberate” at work. There’s no room for anything else.
A Believer is also deliberate. We don’t see obeying God’s Word as diminishing our freedom or not in control of our own lives; we’ve chosen to follow Jesus, and we are deliberate about how we keep our “garage” clean.
Thank you for your Word in my heart that keeps my heart clean, for helping me not do things that would be unbecoming of your daughter, and for making a new person who is not without choices. And I choose you. I choose your perfect will and your ways. You are great and greatly to be praised and I love you very much and I thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.