Wow my car was dirty! I’m ashamed to say that I hadn’t washed it since I moved to Edgefield. I scrubbed and scrubbed to get all the black goo that had stuck to it off. I then waxed it and applied Armor All in the hopes that it doesn’t get quite as dirty as it did last time. See, the car was spotless in December, but after getting neglected for 7 months, it was filthy. It didn’t happen overnight. It was a slow and gradual decline in the overall appearance of the vehicle.
If we aren’t careful, the same thing can happen in our spiritual lives. It can be a slow and almost imperceptible change, but we begin to drift away from God as we take our eyes off of Jesus and begin focusing on the distractions that surround us every day. I’ve asked multiple times over the last 6 months, are you closer to Jesus than you were yesterday, a month ago, a year ago, 10 years ago? If you aren’t moving closer to Jesus, you are drifting away; there is no constant when it comes to relationships.
Take a moment, and ask yourself what you are doing to keep yourself holy. What are you doing to keep yourself in spiritual shape? When was the last time you truly looked at your relationship with God and asked Him where you need growth and what needs improvement. I heard recently that a guy I know won’t allow perfect scores on a performance evaluation for employees because it leaves no room for improvement. I think that applies perfectly to our spiritual lives as well. As Christians, the moment we think we have arrived and our relationship is “perfect,” we realize that we have drifted away and are missing some pretty ugly sin in our lives….especially pride!
How does God view your walk with Him right now? Would He be pleased with how you are living, or would you look like my dirty Hyundai? The beautiful part of this analogy, is that Jesus can clean you up…better than I can wash my car! Chase after Jesus, and He will be found by you. He is waiting for you to come to Him and get cleaned.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Keep reading Genesis in your personal time with the Lord. We will study through parts of Genesis 7, 8, and 9 on Sunday.