Imagine you just started to pour yourself a glass of ice water. Wait a minute...what's that in the glass? You stop pouring. Why? You dump out whatever is in the glass. Why? If that's the glass you use because it's your favorite glass and that's all you ever use :wink:, you will even wash it carefully before you pour anything into it again. Why? The answer is simple, you don't want to consume anything dirty or contaminated.
The very idea is repulsive yet this is what we expect God to do. We want Him to pour His Spirit into us but...we don't want to dump out the junk and get washed, rinsed and clean. When the Holy Spirit brings junk to our attention, we do some of the following things:
Remind the Holy Spirit He shouldn't judge us.
"Wait a minute! I don't do that!" Yes you do. How do I know that? Because I do and human behavior is much more predictable than what we often want to admit. Oh, we probably don't say those words. However, we do say it with our attitude. When we come across something in the Word reminds us there's some junk we need to get rid of or if God sends a brother or sister to lovingly help bring it to light, we instantly get all puffed up and indignant. Methinks sometimes we protesteth too much.
I am in no way suggesting that God's grace is not enough. What I am suggesting is sometimes we allow junk to slip in and start contaminating us. Then we wonder why we don't feel filled to overflowing anymore. The answer is simple, God wants us to dump out the junk so He can continue to fill us with His pure, living water which is clean, refreshing and everlasting.
No, we can't clean out the garbage ourselves but we can quit hauling it around. We can stop clutching it closely to our chests whenever the Holy Spirit comes near us. We can drop it down on the ground and say "Here God. Would you get rid of all of this junk I've started collecting so I can have more room for you?" He will be delighted to do so!
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:1-12 (NIV)
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:16-17 (NIV)
Great analogy K, do you have a dishwasher like mine? Seems like everyone in the family pulls a glass out of the cabinet and holds it up to the light before pouring water into it.
Hey! there's an principle! Hold it up to the Light!
But you hit just a tad too close to home for my tastes when you mention those reactions we have, especially the "ignore" "excuse" and "justify". But you are so right, we need to examine our "glass" to see what's contaminating it.
I love that principle! Hold it up to the Light! I do have a dishwasher that's been acting up a bit lately
I was thinking about replacing it as it is about 17 years old (it was original in our house) but I'll probably need to just be the dishwasher for awhile.
About two years ago we started noticing the glasses coming out of the dishwasher dirtier than when the went in. Hmmm. Finally I called the service people (it was still under warranty) to come look at it. Lo and behold they had to replace basically the whole motor. The guy said he had no idea if ANY dishes ever were really getting cleaned. What a wonderful thing to think about.
Anyway, he replaced the whatever and glory be, the next time I ran the dishwasher the glasses actually looked clean for the first time in years. I had totally forgotten how cool a clean glass really is to look at.
Moral of the story. Gee I don't know if there is one except if our dishwasher isn't working right, our glasses won't get clean. If the plumbing is all stopped up then there will be no clean water to wash the glasses.
Sorry to have strayed off topic into the world of dishwashers, but even now I am amazed at how cool a clean glass really is.
Okay. I both loved and hated this blog. I loved it because it is inspired, a cool analogy, and true. I hated it because it convicted me of some "junk" I need to get rid of. So if you will excuse me....