Um, yeah, that’s just gross!
So week twenty-five will not soon be forgotten and here’s why:
Late Wednesday night Scott drove John home from our Wednesday night Bible study. It was around mid-night and as Scott walked in the door he noticed something: on his hand there was a big glob of some nasty looking mud.
Outside of our house is a small street (there are pictures posted of our street on facebook) that leads from the main road. It is a often muddy because it is a steep dirt road. When Scott had walked across it, his foot had sunk a few inches into the mud, and unbeknownst to him, some of the mud had splashed up on the backside of his hand.
Having just noticed it once he came into the house, and seeing that it looked more like poo than mud, Scott thought it would be funny to play a little prank on Eve. So when he saw her he put his hand up close to her face and said something along the lines of, “I bet you can’t guess what this is.”
Of course both believing that it was just mud, it was a good laugh and then forgotten about. Unfortunately it wouldn’t be forgotten for long…
The next day the street still looked like a bunch of water was running down it. Almost like a water line was broken or something. Well, later that day we all found out that the sewer line that runs down the hill from the hospital was broken and it was sewage that is running down our street. So although unlikely to actually be poo, it was something pretty close to it. Umm… ewwwww!!!!
Well, to say the least it was a gross experience when you look back on it. It’s funny though. Because at the time, since we didn’t know how bad that brown stuff really was on Scott’s hand, it really wasn’t that big of a deal at the time. But now when we look back on it, its quite a sickening thing.
Of course the parallels to sin abound. Sin is quite like that poo/mud combo that was on Scott’s hand. It didn’t seem like that big of a deal before our eyes were opened to just how disgusting it was. Sin is disgusting and putrid and it covers everything we do. Of course before God opens our eyes to how disgusting it is, we actually enjoy it and promote others enjoying it too. We think that nasty stuff is good; it feels good. And so we go about our lives covered in the poo/mud and its abominable.
Of course what’s even more unthinkable is when Christians keep covering themselves in the poo/mud. Our eyes have been opened to its disgusting and putrid nature and yet we keep putting it on ourselves. Why? I don’t know. It’s illogical, really. But sin has a power over us in our flesh and we succumb to it.
Anyways, as disgusting as this incident is, its a great reminder to our family just how gross sin is in the eyes of God. We hope it will bring God glory in our lives and your lives (cuz honestly, if it doesn’t, well, then its just flat out gross!).
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11, NASB)