Cooperating With The Holy Spirit
“Everything . . . connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it!” (Ephesians 4:22 MSG)
Ramblings from Evan’s dad – When the kids were younger, we were on one of our RV trips. Unlike the infamous RV movie, most of our’s were fun and uneventful. One particular trip, we were on the coast having a wonderful time. The kids enjoyed playing on the beach and in the surf. The setting was beautiful and everyone thought we should just stay there and live.
Unfortunately, we needed to continue our planned agenda, taking us to other destinations. Reluctantly, the orders went out to pack up and prepare to shove off. Evan took it the hardest. He on numerous times, instead of packing up, was seen looking out over the ocean reflecting on what he was leaving. We discussed the nature of our visit and how it was time to move on.
Two days later we were in another part of the country in the middle of our journey. Kris came to me and mentioned a troubling smell emanating from the bathroom. Uh,oh! An RVer’s worst nightmare, the “sewer system” seemed to be having problems. I began in earnest to find the problem. The smell continued to worsen.
The next evening we were debating cutting the trip short to take the RV in to the shop. The smell was now almost unbearable in our front bathroom. It got so bad we stopped using it all together. We tried to open the door as little as possible to keep the rancid smell somewhat contained.
For some reason Kris decided to inspect the cabinets, beside the toilet, where each of the kids had a spot to put personal items. In Evan’s cubby, was an innocent looking oyster shell. When she held it up to her nose to smell, she almost lost her breakfast.
Evan didn’t plan on stinking things up. He simply wanted to bring a part of his past with him. He didn’t know it would have the effect it did.
Aren’t we the same way. Lord, I am moving on in this journey You want me to take. I just want to bring this one little thing with me from the past. It’s not a big deal. I can handle it. No one will even know. It won’t effect anybody else. What we don’t realize is that thing, that sin, is a stench to God.
Think it would help if our little secrets we wanted to keep, would physically start to stink, too?…
You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth. (Ephesians 4:22-24)