One of my exciting tasks over the weekend was cleaning out the fridge – there was an odour that couldn’t be identified by sniffing objects in the fridge so it was time to do a proper cleanout. When I pulled out the vegetable drawers I found two inches of ice in the bottom along with tomatoes and mushrooms encased like some ice age discovery waiting for the next palaeontologist to come along and age them. You see our fridge has a problem. I like to refer to it as the monster I am growing in the fridge. At the back of the fridge lives an ever increasing iceman. No matter how many time you try to eliminate him be grows back. Unfortunately he is a sad monster – he weeps and his tears fall into the veggie draws and re-freeze. The truth is I know what it will take to get rid of him but at the moment it is not a priority. We need a new seal – our fridge is old and the seal is no longer functioning well – warm air gets in, causing the fridge to work overtime and feeding the monster.
We all have monsters within – our sinful nature, our tendency and bent towards sin. This monster can grow if we feed it, but with the working seal things can be kept in check.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
God’s ownership of us acts as a seal to keep our monsters in check, but sometimes we let the seal grow old, or we even leave the fridge door ajar for a time. The Holy Spirit helps us by being a warning system for growing monsters, making us aware of our sin:
John 16:7-8 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment
My fridge spend so much energy growing the monster that it is failing to do what it is designed to do. I don’t want my fridge to be a metaphor for my life, putting all my energy into growing and concealing monsters. So today I acknowledge the seal of ownership on my life and ask the Holy Spirit to point out the ice cubes in my life before they develop into full blown out of control, energy sucking monsters.