Tuesday, November 27, 2012
UNDER THE RUG
How many of you out there are guilty of hiding things when unexpected company drops by? Maybe not under a rug but say underneath the bed, in a closet, or on a kitchen chair? You maybe are embarrassed by the clutter and not time to do anything with it so whisk it away till another time. The visitors probably could care less as everyone has a pile or two around their house but at times we feel a compulsion to hide it. Perhaps to create a different image. Not sure of everyones reasoning. It is not as bad of course as on the TV show "Hoarders" but still we hide it.
Are you guilty of treating sins in your life that way? You either make excuses for them and justify them or try to hide them from certain people. After all you have an image to live up to. Jesus is always at your house and everywhere you go so there is no hiding our sins from Him. Guess what? He knows them all. There is no sweeping your sins under the rug or putting them in a closet. You must deal with them.
In Romans 3:23(NIV) it reminds us 'for all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory.' Think you are pretty good you say? Romans 3:10(NIV) says 'there is none that is righteous, no not one.' Actor Kirk Cameron on doing his man on the street interviews on Trinity Broadcasting will ask a passerby if they are a sinner. The response is usually something like 'oh I am pretty good.' Next he says 'well have you ever told a lie' and of course the answer is yes. Next he says 'do you look at someone with lust ever' and once again they have to say honestly yes. The next question may be 'Have you ever cheated on anything' and once again the honest answer for most is yes. So then Mr. Cameron says 'then by your own admission you are a liar, adulterer, and cheater.' Sort of puts it in a different light wouldn't you say? Most people think of adultery as divorcing someone or cheating on a spouse but in Matthew 5:28(NIV) it says 'But I tell you anyone who looks upon a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.' I did not say it, it is in the Bible. Our society sure gives plenty of opportunities for that sin doesn't it?
Let me leave you with a verse from the book of Numbers 32:23(NASB) which says 'But if you will not do so, for you have sinned against the Lord and behold your sins will find you out.' You can only hide so long. Eventually you will have to fess up and admit your faults and ask God to forgive you and cleanse you and give you the strength to stay on the path He has planned for you.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus I thank you that you are a loving and forgiving God and nothing is hidden from you. Give me the strength to live a life pleasing to you. Convict my heart of wrong and keep me from secret sins or any sins. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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