Like many of you, my morning routine includes getting up early and taking a shower. Besides the obvious cleansing a shower provides, it is also very refreshing! After I get out and dry off, part of my routine is to wash my glasses. I do this so I start the day “able to see” clearly. As I hold them up to the light, it’s amazing to see all the spots, fingerprints, and other mess that has accumulated on the lens. All this after just a single day of use!
You know, like my glasses that need (at least) daily cleaning; each one of us accumulates dirt and undesired mess just because we live and operate in a sinful world. The continual bombardment of worldly attitudes and opinions can easily stick to us. The result? The “lens” we see life through can become cloudy and dirty. It is a fact that dirty glasses will hinder and distort light. In time, what we see may not be what is really going on. Please consider this; if our sight continues to accumulate this dirt, we can begin to believe what we see through those dirty glasses instead of the truth. Have you ever worn glasses (or sunglasses) that were dirty or covered in dust? For that matter, have you ever driven your car into the sun when the windshield was dirty? What happened when the bright sun (or when car headlights) were right in your eyes? It’s more than a little difficult to see, isn’t it? In fact, it can be scary!
The busy lifestyles we lead can cause us to neglect the daily washing we need by the Word of God. The real “us” is not what we see on the outside. We are spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body. In order for us to be effective in this world for the Lord Jesus, we must not neglect the care and feeding of the “inward man” who lives on the inside of us. This care and feeding does not come through a cursory 5 minute devotional, but comes with a dedicated life of prayer and study of the Word of God. When we get into the shower, we don’t just let the water wash over us, do we? No, we want to be clean so we actually scrub our bodies! In our study of God’s Word, we need to allow the Word to scrub us the same way. Only with this “scrubbing” does the Word remove those things in us that are contrary to what the Bible says. If the idea of a life of prayer and study of God’s Word is foreign to you, don’t despair. We can help!
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