Saturday, January 17, 2009

Staying Clean in a Dirty World

The old hymn writer asked "What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus..." James says "Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you." James 1:21. The story is told of a man living in a place where the soil was salty and nothing would grow in it. Yet one day outside his kitchen window beautiful flowers sprang up and bloomed. Upon investigation it was learned that he threw his dish water out the window each day. In time the water washed the salt out of the soil. He received a gift of flower seed and placed the packet on the window. a wind blew through the house and cause to seed to tumble to the ground outside the window. The daily soaking from the dishwater opened the packed and planted the seeds. In time with the proper soil, rain and sunshine the seeds grew. The flowers came up in an "Impossible" place and put forth their fragrance. This brings us to our verse. How do we get clean and stay clean in a dirty world. The answer is to humbly accept the Word that is planted in us. How does the Word become planted in our hearts? By daily sowing, as we read the Word, the Word becomes planted. What type of soil do the Word grow best in? The soil of humility, we are to humbly accept the Word which is planted in us. This is why Jesus said "You are clean through the Words I have spoken to you." Are you allowing the Word to grow in your heart? Do you daily wash your soul with the "Water of the Word?" Are you becoming the Christian God has called you to be. Let God cleanse your heart that you might grow into His likeness.

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