So, this morning I got up and decided to “tackle” the kitchen before I sat down and drank coffee. Now, for those of you who know me, I’m a coffeeaholic! Or maybe a more accurate term is a coffee creamaholic! At this present time, I literally have six different creamer flavors in my fridge. I know – the first step is admitting that you have a problem…. Anyway, as I was loading up the dishwasher I remembered that I needed to put the top to my Yeti cup that I take to work every day to be washed. As I took it off the cup, I thought, “You know, it’s been a while since I took the rubber ring off the lid and washed it.” Now, I put my lid in the dishwasher several times a week, but I don’t fool with taking the “ring” off – evidently! Some deep cleaning was needed. Needless to say – It was nasty under there.
This got me to thinking about how I consider myself to be a faithful Christian. I’m at services “every time the doors are open.” I teach Ladies’ Class. I speak at Ladies’ Days. I work up Scripture Writing Schedules and publish a blog. Steve and I have dedicated our lives to service in the Lord’s kingdom. Yet, sometimes all of us need to do some “deep cleaning” in our lives. Paul told the church at Corinth, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. (II Corinthians 13:5) What does that mean? I think that it means that from time to time we should “dig deep” to make sure that we are living in accordance with God’s will. Being a faithful member of the Lord’s body is so much more than just attending worship services. Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:23) What kind of “home” are you providing for the Lord? Do you like, the church in Corinth, need to “cleanse yourself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God?” (II Corinthians 7:1)
Here at the start of a new year – a new decade – may we open up God’s Word and do whatever is necessary. “Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD. (Lamentations 3:40) God Bless, Courtney