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Reflection for Wednesday, August 28
Reflection for Wednesday, August 28th:
TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE Jesus said, "Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, you frauds! You are like whitewashed tombs, beautiful to look at on the outside but inside full of filth and dead men's bones." Matthew 23:27
Inside people, inside Christians, inside churches, there is a lot of garbage. There's filth, dead men's bones, hypocrisy, evil and violence (see Mt 23:28), not to mention sin, guilt, fear, resentment, unforgiveness, jealousy, depression, hurts, anger, frustration, hatred, and bitterness. Often we let the garbage pile up for years. In this way, the entire world becomes a garbage dump. We feel like garbage; we become part of the garbage that fills and surrounds us. We are defiled and think we're "dirty." We eat "junk food" and watch "junk" on TV in a subtle admission of being junk. Who can save us from tons of garbage? Who can "take out the garbage" of a lifetime? Jesus is the Answer, the only Answer. He cleanses us through repentance and confession. He encourages us to make our lives worthy of Him (1 Thes 2:12), to become "upright, just and irreproachable" (1 Thes 2:10). Jesus calls us to His kingship and His glory (1 Thes 2:12). We are special, holy, clean, and lovable. We are washed in His blood. God doesn't make junk. He creates only a work of art, a glorious masterpiece without even the slightest blemish.