March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017

DEUTERONOMY 21-23

Focus Verse: “The camp must be holy, for the Lord your God moves around in your camp to protect you and to defeat your enemies. He must not see any shameful thing among you, or he will turn away from you.”

Deuteronomy 23:14

 

It is still utterly amazing to me that our God chooses to dwell among us. We have a relational God, a God that wants to be with us, a God that left heaven to be with us. We need to keep ourselves cleaned up due to this fact though. The idea that God is among us ought to drive us to keep ourselves cleaned up. Like it says here in our focus verse, we need to make sure that God doesn’t see anything shameful among us.

 

Now we all have that room in our house. For our family it’s our extra bedroom. When guests are coming over, that’s where all the junk goes. We try to do that with God a lot too. We hide stuff in our “non-religious corners” so that God doesn’t see them. He might stick around if we tuck those things away. That’s not how He works though. As Lord, He demands the key to EVERY room in your life. He wants to see the junk, but it’s because He wants to help you clean it up.

 

I think many of us are ok on these points. We may have stumbling spots and mess up now and again, but praise God, Jesus is making us more like Him every day. And through Christ, we do pretty good at keeping spiritually shameful things out of our lives so God can dwell among us.

 

But we miss the literal lesson here. God’s talking about how the Israelites go to the bathroom. He wants them to clean up their crap…literally! Now praise God for indoor plumbing and the fact that we don’t have to worry about this quite as much anymore, but there is still a physical element to this. Keep yourself cleaned up for the Lord.

 

Yes, it is a fantastic spiritual metaphor and we can preach a fantastic sermon about it, but don’t forget to apply it to the physical as well. God created us as spiritual AND physical beings. So it’s a good thing to be physically cleaned up for God as well. Should it take priority over our spiritual well being? No, but I feel very strongly that the two go hand in hand. Excellence for God is all-inclusive. He wants every part of us to be holy, because every part of Christ is holy. He will help us get there to as we listen to and follow Him.

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