I do not know your schedule, but the garbage truck comes by my house every Monday. So, that means that every Monday morning I start my day by making my way through the house emptying all the little trash baskets in all the rooms. Then, I open the refrigerator door to see if there is anything I do not recognize, and if so- - I whack it a couple of times and drag it out of the house. (Just kidding, Honey!) Fortunately, whatever I manage to get to the curb it gets hauled away and I see it no more.
Garbage pickup is a great service and I am glad we have it. Yet, there are some Monday mornings that I am in a hurry, or it is raining, or it is cold and it makes it a little harder to carry out the routine. But I know if I neglect my responsibility that the garbage just collects- - and stinks- - and creates more problems until the next pickup date.
Let us consider for a moment another kind of garbage. We live in a world that is constantly producing “immoral trash.” We see it and hear it daily as it is tossed in our direction. Unfortunately it, too, has a way of accumulating (in our minds) and needs to be emptied on a regular basis. This is done through the cleansing of the Word, prayer, worship and fellowship by refilling our minds with things that are “true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report” (Philippians 4:8).
Oddly enough though, just as it is with household garbage, we can get a little negligent about proper maintenance. Sometimes we are busy, or the time just does not seem right even though our “waste basket” might be overflowing. But, as you know, it will not go away on its own, but rather it will continue to collect - - and our attitude will begin to stink- - and we create more problems for ourselves- - until we “empty the trash.”
Our personal rubbish cannot be taken to the curb; it must be taken to the cross. And when we do, God takes it away so that it is neither seen nor remembered any more (Hebrews 10:17). Consider also these assuring words: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). That is not just a great service- - it is a tremendous blessing!
Have you been to the cross lately?