This week’s topic: The Importance Of Worship
Are dishwashers more effective than hand washing dirty dishes? I have always wondered about this. As a child, being asked (or forced…) to hand wash the dirty dishes, I would dream of the day when I would never hand wash dishes again. It became a personal goal of mine to make sure that whatever house I lived in, there would be a functional dishwasher in that house. (Side note: Some parents reading this are screaming, “My children are my dishwashers!”)
Ultimately, it is a trivial question. The key issue is to arrive at the destination of having clean dishes. There is nothing worse, whether by hand or machine, to go looking to obtain a clean cup or set of silverware or even a plate, and immediately see pre-existing gook or even residue from the lack of thorough cleaning. These experiences always have the potential of taking one’s appetite away. It would be an understatement of how unacceptable these encounters are in restaurants and other public eateries.
The idea of expecting something clean and getting something dirty is not only uncomfortable, it is unsettling. That’s what happens with our lives, being offered to God, without any examination to see whether they are contaminated or not.
1 Peter, written by one who understood the seriousness of heart defects and character flaws, expresses a central truth about our walk with Christ, we must offer ourselves as holy vessels. 1 Peter 1: 14-16 (Message) reads, “Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. (15) As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. (16) God said, ‘I am holy; you be holy.”
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