Of God and Laundry

What does Laundry have to do with God, Jesus, Saving your soul…?

Hey, God cares about your laundry… No really.

Leviticus 13:47-59 is all about how God told the Hebrews about dealing with their dirty laundry.

Sin? No, no… I mean clothes. He talks about how to deal with mildewed clothes and how to make sure that things get clean.

How do clothes get mildewed and destroyed, anyone have a recipe?

Mildew comes from taking damp dirty clothes and piling them up in a dark warm place. Mildew grows in the dark

The solution…
◾Expose it to the light of day for open inspection
◾Clean it
◾Separate it
◾Burn it if it won’t change

As I have read this week about Jesus and what He was to us, What God is to us… I am seeing that a giant part of it that is helping us with our dirty laundry.

How does the laundry of our lives get dirty? How does the fabric of our lives begin to mildew and tear?

Just like mildew on our clothes it starts when we remove it from the light. The Bible tells us that part of being in this world is this bizarre desire to run into the arms darkness.

The story of our relationship with God start with the first man and woman deciding that rather than living in the light and the presents of God they wanted control. Control in the dark was worth more than complete Love in the light.

Job tells it this way, “There are those who rebel against the light… The eye of the adulterer watches for dusk; he thinks, ‘No eye will see me,’ and he keeps his face concealed… For all of them, deep darkness is their morning; they make friends with the terrors of darkness.” (Job 24:13,15,17 (NIV))

When my grandson Gabriel turned 3 we started see the first hints of him knowing he is doing wrong. If he was doing something he knew was wrong and you asked him about it he would look away from you and keep doing it.  He would go slower, but keep doing it.  Once he saw that you were going to keep pursuing him about it he would be crushed.

Parents know when children getting quiet something is up. They want to keep there wrong in the dark till they can fully explore or enjoy it. Mom and Dad will just get in the way.

How do you think mildew (sin) feels about being brought into the light?

John 3:19-20 “…men have preferred darkness to light because their deeds were evil. Everybody who does wrong hates the light and keeps away from it, for fear his deeds may be exposed.”

Grown-ups hiding their sin

We talked a few weeks ago about this concept of wanting to get well.

That is on you… Only you can decide that, but let’s assume you do want to. How can it be done?

Remember that mildewed cloth?
◾Expose it to the light of day for open inspection
◾Clean it
◾Separate it
◾Burn it if it won’t change

Expose it: That may seem simple, but the truth is that this is the part that is the most difficult.

The decision that most controls the removal of darkness from your life is the decision to allow the light.

John 1:1-13

You see if you will expose yourself to Christ He will do the cleaning.

1 John 1:7 …if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Part of this is the fellowship with one another. Peter tells us that we “… are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

We can be that light.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

Burn it if it won’t change…

Um, Uh… That sounds rough right. Well it is…

When it came to fabric the Hebrew people where being told to take clothes that continued to grow mildew and burn it.

Lev 13:55 After the article has been washed, the priest is to examine it again, and if the mold has not changed its appearance, even though it has not spread, it is unclean. Burn it, no matter which side of the fabric has been spoiled.

What if it was your favorite Peyton Manning Jersey? …Andrew Luck Jersey? …Walter Payton?

What if it is the bottle of pills that you need to get through a day?

What if it’s that man at work that makes you feel beautiful again?

What if it’s the only thing that makes you feel whole?

Either you will burn it or God will.

You see God is not scared of doing what must be done.

The question is are you ready too?

So I burn it… How exactly does that work? What on earth are you talking about.

Jesus put it like this. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. – Matthew 5:29 (NSRV)

People like to sugar coat this one and say that he is just talking about some metaphor, but I want you to hear the truth of this.

No, I am not saying that you need to run out to the parking lot and poke your eye out. But He is saying that you must remove those things you cannot control from your life completely. NOTHING ELSE WILL DO.

But Stop pretending that you don’t know it is that you cannot stop, but will doom you soul to Hell if you don’t. What is it that you depend on more that God. What that thing is that you fear losing more than you fear losing God. It must go. Remove it or burn it. “…tear it out and throw it away”.

If you are addicted to pornography then NO you can’t watch a little “Game of Thrones”. If you are addicted to alcohol then NO you can’t have a glass of wine at your daughters wedding. If you can’t stop gossiping then NO you can’t just call that old friend who always no everything. The point Jesus is making is that you know and He knows what you can’t handle. When you know then you must separate from it completely.

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About toddcbrown

The body of Christ will never grow if the Pastor is the one using his gifts to MAKE IT grow through some cool program or inspiring turn of a phrase.
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