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13 December 2008

Molded Food, National Geographic, and Sin

As I cleaned out our refrigerator the other day, I found some things in it that I thought didn't really exist: beef that smelled like fish, salad that had become something like a meat product, and a rather old dish of... ah... beans, I think.

And that prompted me to think. I surmised that a bowl of moldy beans is like a box of National Geographic magazines. I think most of you already know that, but I'll elaborate: the longer a bowl of food sits in the refrigerator, the more fuzz and unusual growth it accumulates. The longer a box of National Geographic magazines sits in your floor, the heavier it gets. Don't believe me on that last one? Put a stack of National Geographics in a box, let it sit there for a week or two, and see how it exponentially accumulates weight by the time you're ready to move it.

When I refused to confess my sin,
    my body wasted away,
    and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
    My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
    and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
    And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
- Psalm 32:3-5 (NLT)


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
- Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)

Don't think about these Scriptures in a way that says, "Yep, isn't that the truth..." Instead, think about what it is in your own life that needs to be stripped away. What's accumulated? What's the rebellion that you need to confess and then intentionally neglect forever? Anger? Resentment of a family member? Pornography? Frustration with your spouse, a co-worker, or a church leader? Worrying about finances?

Throw out the moldy beans: stop it, confess it, and don't do it anymore.

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