One Bad Apple

Trash dump in Cambodia

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Have you ever had fish for dinner, cleaned up the table afterwards, and left the bones in the trash just a little too long? It’s amazing how something that tasted so good when it was fresh becomes a source of unpleasant odors when it’s left in your clean kitchen. It doesn’t take a detective to find your problem. You cleaned the plates and wiped off the counters, but you didn’t take out the trash. You left some behind.

Sin is like that in our lives. It doesn’t take much to break our fellowship with Christ and His church. A little lie here. A little gossip there. A deed done in spite. We give an entrance to the devil and find ourselves more and more affected by that “little” sin that we ignored. We need to clean our houses.

As Christians, we are called to continually search and purify our hearts. Each of us must do our part so that the church can be pure and powerfully relevant in a world that desperately needs to see Jesus in us.

“Father, create in us a clean heart that we might be useful to you in reaching the lost around us. Amen.”

Contributed by Gayle Mills

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