Phil 3:7, 8– But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things. And count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ. (NASB)
Garbage has always been there, but now it was visible. Night after night, TV news displayed the mess. Toronto, Canada, was in the midst of a garbage strike. Trash is hardly ever pretty. It smells rotten and if no one takes it away, streets and sidewalks get full. Landscapes are spoiled. Odor, disease and vermin spread.
Like rubbish, our sin is invisible to us until the light of the Lord Jesus Christ shines on it. When we see it for what it is, we are more than content to let it go. Occasionally though, we forget how happy we were to get rid of that junk. Like Hollywood paparazzi looking for movie star dirt, we start routing around, digging through stuff that’s already been dumped. We forget that our own personal garbage strike is settled. Jesus took everything to the dump and left it there.
Prayer: Thanks, Lord that it’s all over. Forgive us for digging in trash that is old, decayed and not worthy of remembrance. Help us remember that you made us brand new. In Jesus’ name. Amen.