Dirty microwaves are disgusting. It’s especially gross when a microwave oven is located right at eye level, because there is absolutely no way to avoid the crud that lines the walls of it. Yet, how many times have I avoided cleaning our microwave oven simply because I don’t want to take the time to do it? Mind you, I am generally fastidious about that. But, if I don’t happen to be the one to make the mess, then I don’t know it exists. And, cleaning the microwave isn’t #1 on my To-Do list every day.
When microwave-heating something just this morning, I noticed that a package label had melted during a past heat process and adhered itself to the glass plate. Lovely. Not only did the microwave need a general tidying-up, but I had to exert some effort to scrub the plate clean.
During the ensuing family devotion time, God started talking to me about the comparison between that dirty microwave oven and our Christian lives. How many times do we tolerate ‘garbage’ because we simply don’t want to take the time to deal with a small problem? (Because you and I both know, day after day of not cleaning our microwaves means that one nasty mess will eventually require our attention.) Little issues become big ones. And then, our lives resemble our dirty microwaves.
What do we do that we shouldn’t? What do we tolerate that we shouldn’t? What do we say that we shouldn’t? What actions should we remove from our lives, both in word and deed? It’s easy to point fingers and comment on someone else’s dirty microwave, but what about our own? Would we allow company to see and use it in its present state, or would we be sure to scour it “spic-n-span” before they have a chance to notice how nasty it is inside? I would suggest that we’re also on our best behavior around company, too. No one but close family or friends really ever see who we truly are in “real life.” Mind you, I am talking to myself here, for I’ve failed miserably in word and deed just this week.
What does God see in our Christian walk that we choose to ignore on a daily basis? Are His fruits evident and working? Or, is the crud left from our continual bad habits the only thing that He sees? As Christians, we tend to look at murderers, adulterers, etc. as people who have really messed up. There are a number of situations being played out in the media right now: crime trials in process, fallout from personal failures, etc. “I would never do that,” some might say. You’ll get my point in the next couple of paragraphs.
“Now the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:19-23)
“These six Jehovah hates; yea, seven are hateful to his soul: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked plans, feet hurrying to run to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and he who causes fighting among brothers.” (Proverbs 6:16-19)
Ouch. I’m just thankful that there is a promise of redemption for those of us who still admit we are simply human and willing to work at spiritually scrubbing our “insides” clean. For “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1Jn 1:9)
And, just so you know, I did clean our microwave this morning.