September 21, 2016
Keeping the Pressure On
Keep yourselves in the love of God. – Jude 21
Several years ago, while using a hose to wash off our church parking lot, I was given an object lesson. As I hosed an upper area, I noticed that mucky water was streaming down and pooling against a curb on the lower part of the lot. The gravitational force on the water was not strong enough to pull the water over the curb, but I eventually learned that by applying the full pressure of my hose to that spot, I could push the water beyond the curb and get a clean parking lot.
The pine needles, leaves, and other debris that cluttered our parking lot reminded me of the sin and filth we encounter in the world on a daily basis. We are called to live holy lives, yet we know we will not be able to avoid encounters with evil altogether because Jesus said we would not be taken out of the world, but would be kept from the evil that is in the world (John 17:15). That means we will have to be diligent in maintaining our relationship with God. We must find a way to keep our lives clean despite the sin we see around us. Just as our church parking lot needed regular cleanings to prevent it from filling up with debris, we must practice daily upkeep in our spiritual lives to prevent our hearts from becoming contaminated by sin.
It will not be enough to just live life casually; we must pray and apply the Word to our lives to be kept in the love of God. The hose I was using was not particularly special, but when used correctly, it had enough pressure to get rid of the mucky water. Likewise, the simple actions of opening our Bibles and going to our knees in prayer puts pressure on the enemy of our souls, which will prevent him from coming back into our lives.
God has given us all the tools we need to live the holy life He requires. As we strive to keep pressure on the enemy, He will keep us in His love.
Father in Heaven, Thank You for the knowledge that I can be kept in Your love as I daily involve myself in prayer and the application of Your Word to my life. Amen.