Galatians 6:1 “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”
I hope no one reading this experiences a gag reflex through stories because I am writing about something that some might consider disgusting. Vile. Putrid. You get the picture.
I’m going to talk about poop. We all know where poop comes from. My two-year-old knows where poop comes from. He tried to explain to me why he shouldn’t finish the food on his plate. “If I eat it, it will go into my stomach and out into my diaper.” I commend him on his understanding of biology and anatomy. He still had to finish what was on his plate.
Unfortunately, he probably shouldn’t have finished it because he got sick. Really sick. In both directions.
And, guess who had to clean up the diapers. Yours truly. I can still smell the odor. Talk about gag reflex.
That poor boy. I would go into diaper rash issues and blowouts, but I will spare you the details.
As I clean up excrement with clothespins on my nose, I think about our lives. Our lives are filled with filth greater than these bulging stink bombs, which eat up our lives faster than acidic dung on a baby’s bottom.
We all need our spiritual diapers changed. We need people to come up to us and say: “You stink. For the sake of your life and those around you, let’s change your diaper.”
Those conversations are not pleasant. They might hurt. But once we clean the filth out of our lives, we feel so much better.
Jesus did this for us when he died on the cross, taking care of our sins for eternity. We get to do this for each other, cleaning up our sins temporarily.
Some spiritual diapers are quick to clean up. Some take a long time and need some diaper cream. Sometimes the diapers need to be cleaned multiple times because the sin is so entranced in our lives. Sometimes the sin is so huge, and we do not want to help change the diaper because it is disgusting.
But, out of love for each other, looking to Jesus’ example, let’s grab the clothespins and diaper cream and get to work.
Pastor of Calvary Bible Church, Neligh, NE. Missionary with RHMA. Husband to Maggie. Father to Grace, David, and Daniel. Saved by Jesus Christ