God’s Word for Today: Trash.
Matthew 26:8. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked.
I really don’t like trash. The accumulation of trash causes even more distaste. Trash stinks. New fluids are created and odors permeate everywhere. I don’t believe I can find anything good to say about trash. It is ugly, it stinks, it attracts an extreme amount of disease carrying rodents and insects, and somehow it magically produces more trash.
We, you and I, are trash too. Or, maybe I should say most of us are one step away from being trash. Our goal in life would be to stay out of the trash category, but for some reason, I wander back to the dump. As much as I detest trash, I have found myself neck deep in it. I hate trash, why am I so drawn to it?
Back in the day, Adam and Eve category, the Garden of Eden had no trash. It was perfect. It was tranquil. Life was good. But, God blessed all mankind with a choice. Choose wrong, trash is created. The devil, via the serpent, promised knowledge. Instead we received trash.
To this day, we have the same scenario. What is happening with the election race this year is trash. What is worse, the trash is being categorized. The trash is sorted by color, education, social preference, geographical location, and whatever else we try to categorize other trash. It is sad.
Trash can be cleaned up. Trash can be disposed of. Trash is not permanent. Trash can be turned into many useful things. Sometimes the trash needs to be buried for a very long time before it produces anything useful, but eventually it all will. There is still hope.
If we weren’t all trash, God wouldn’t have had to send his only Son down here on earth to clean. In Noah’s time with the Ark, God tried to flood the trash away. But, it came back. Jesus gave us a way to turn from being trash. No longer did one have to burn sacrifices to try and eliminate the stench of trash. Jesus taught the new way of washing away the effects of trash. Jesus has the cleaning solution. No matter how deep you are in your trash, Jesus can cleanse you. He will make you useful again.
Last thought before we let the trash truck go on down the road; trash is easy. The simplest thing we can do is let our trash accumulate. It is very easy to see other people’s trash. Ours might be carefully hidden somewhere and not sitting out in front of the house. We might even tell others how they really need to work on their trash. We can use social media to reveal other’s trash. But, have we looked at our own waste can lately? Every time we blame others for the world’s problems. Every time we point fingers at different people for creating trash, we are actually adding to our own pile.
Today, realize it is going to take work to clean up the trash of this world. But before you ever begin to work on someone else’s trash, it would be a good idea to make sure your trash is picked up and disposed of first. Before you pull a 12 disciple trick, and criticize someone like they did the woman who poured perfume on Jesus’ feet, which they considered a complete waste. The disciples categorized the woman as trash. Who do you consider as being a complete waste? Maybe today would be a good time to learn the response of Jesus………
Prayer: Dear Lord, maker of all that is good. I thank you for giving me a chance at a perfect world. Forgive me for the trash I generate. Trash like anger, distrust, blame, bigotry, self-importance, judgement, racism, and every other thing I use to make myself appear to be better than someone else. I need help taking out my trash Lord. Only through Jesus name can I begin to first clean up my life. Then, with your direction, maybe I can also help others. In Jesus’, who swept our trash clean, name I pray. Amen.