Fingerprints

Saturday, February 16, 2008
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Romans 13:12-14 – The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarrelling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV)

Recently, my wife went to the games chest, where we store all our family games, to collect a game for us to play. We had decided to give the television a few hours off on a Sunday night; it had been overworked.

To my wife's consternation, the box for the particular board game we wanted to use was covered in green mould. She brought the box to me in the kitchen, and I dutifully dispatched the mould with some bravado, panache, and copious amounts of mould-remover and spray-wax — job done.

Woe was me, for it was not done. When I opened the box, the board itself was also contaminated with mould. Humph! So I repeated the process, until all the game's surfaces were squeaky clean with a glossy shine.

We returned to the living room to play our game, much to the television's loss.

As we played, I considered how the mould had got to the board and the box, inside a large chest. True, it was in a damp corner of the house with no access to sunshine to warm it up, and I guess this was aggravated by the tumble-dryer in the spare room thrice weekly throwing out abundant amounts of moisture. Of course all those lovely greasy fingerprints were like a propagation banquet for mould in a moist environment.

Living in the world, crud accretes to our beings too. Worse still, if we are not regularly petitioning our Saviour, we get mouldy — we allow insidious sticky fingerprints of the world into our lives, through which sin can corrode our thoughts, words, and deeds.

Praise God that we can be cleaned up, inside and out, through the grace of Jesus! I believe that He is happy to minister His love to us and through us. We become cleansed, restored, and empowered to be His delight.

Prayer: Lord, we are too easily misdirected by the world to our selfish desires. We are a stiff-necked and stubborn people — we want our own way to be Your plan. We implore You today to cleanse the meditations of our hearts, and to remove the world's sticky fingerprint intrusions, so that we may have pure hearts. Lord, reside in us once more, the apple of Your eye, so that we can be a vessel for Your presence. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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