This weekend was hot and I was lazy, but last night at 2.30am I paid for my laziness. I had given the house a quick clean during the day – just the type of lick & polish to keep things presentable until you actually have time to do a good job. Instead of taking our rubbish bag all the way to the bins I just set it outside the door, assuming that hubby would take it up next time he went to the car (if you haven’t visited us the bins are actually far from our house). Well, hubby was also feeling lazy and went out without said smelly rubbish bag. The commuting squirrel didn’t seem bothered by it, nor did the neighbour’s mullet haired dog so it stayed there to be dealt with in the morning. But at 2.30amish I woke to rubbish bag tearing sounds and ran to the window – I switched on the light expecting a cat or a dog but instead was confronted by a huge porcupine! I have never seen one of these things nose to nose – actually the only ‘live’ one I have seen has been road kill! But its spikes were up and its nose was in our rotting rubbish. Quite an awesome sight and this morning I had to clean up quite an awesome mess! In the end my laziness caused me more smelly work than a walk to the bin would have been. As I washed down our veranda I wondered to myself what rubbish is there in my life that I’m just too lazy to deal with? What sin have I put in the rubbish bag thinking I’ll deal with it later? There is no real reason to hang onto sin other than we don’t think we are ready to let it go, or we feel like giving it up is too costly – like a walk to the bin on a hot day. The fact that we sin is not shocking to God, but that we do not take Him up on his offer to forgive us and purify us must be:
1 John 1:8-10 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
I know I have dealt with confession of sin and cleaning out our junk many times here but as I swept up the rotten rubbish & dodged the odd maggot (yuk!!!!) I was reminded yet again that God has not left us to live in the mess of our sin – through Jesus He have given us a way to clean it up, but the choice is ours.