Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Saturday, December 13, 2014

DAY FOURTEEN– Luke 3: 15-16 – Burning the Chaff

As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ,  John answered them all, "I baptize you with water; but He who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

John made such an impression on people that a lot of them speculated as to whether or not he was the Messiah of Israelite hopes. “No” was his answer, “The one who I’m talking about? I’m just a shadow by comparison!”

One on the reasons that he gives for his comparable insignificance is that the Messiah, when He comes, is really going to sort things out. ‘The Message’ a transliteration of the New Testament, pictures John as saying, “He’s going to clean house – make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in it’s proper place before God; everything false He’ll put out with the trash to be burned”.

The coming of Christ to our world – indeed to our lives – forces us to points of decision. At its most basic the choice is between ‘Truth or Trash’. Applying that ‘truth or trash’ motif to our lives could be radical.

Think of it in terms of what you surround your life with, the values you hold dear, the relationships you pursue, the desires that motivate your life, and the compromises you are or are not prepared to make.

Or – even more up close and personal – think of it in terms of the words you speak, the books you read, the programs on television you like to watch, the internet sites you visit, the music you listen to – truth or trash?

It’s a sobering thought that, at the end of all days, the only parts of life that will have counted for anything are those that are ‘in their proper place before God'. That all the rest is just garbage – wasted time – trash – fit only to go up in smoke.

Apply such a concept to the whole of life and the implications become mind boggling!

Lord, You know I have to admit it. I do spend time on stuff I shouldn’t waste my time with. I remember that scripture which talks of focusing on that which is good and right and pure and noble.  Help me to welcome the ‘true’ in my life and get rid of the ‘trash’. Help me clean out the house of my soul. AMEN.

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