I had a slight incident on the way out to the route this morning. While going down the road I noticed the semi in front of me had one of those trash hauler trailers on it. But what I noticed the most about it was the flickering shiny look that kept appearing at the top of the trailer. Turns out he didn’t have a tarp covering the trailer and what I was seeing was a piece of scrap sheet metal bobbing up and down. Very quickly it turned into a flying piece of scrap sheet metal. Fortunately I was a good hundred yards behind him when this huge piece rose up out of the trailer and fell to the pavement skidding and leaving sparks in it’s wake. Both myself and the vehicle behind me were able to steer clear from the danger.
It got me to thinking though about our Christian lives and the trash we haul around with us. Often our sins are like that piece of metal, ready to fall off of us at a moments notices and putting someone else at risk. I’m not talking about laying our sins down as we read in Hebrews 12:1 “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us” . Rather that our sins can end up effecting others even though it is not our intentions. We can cause pain and suffering to come into someone’s life without even knowing it. Not just our immediate family either but those around us might get drug into the trouble. Just like that driver had no idea that he had lost a part of his load we may have no idea that some of our sin has dropped in on someone else.
Now I am not saying that that driver shouldn’t have been hauling scrap metal; just that he should have had a tarp on for protection. As far as I know he was taking that metal off to be recycled. Generally speaking we don’t want to ‘recycle’ our sins in that we do them over again. Paul told us not to do that in Romans 6:1,2 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” No, what I am talking about here with our recycling our sins is to learn from them so we see what not to do again. Build up a godly wall of protection by using those to teach others what to avoid and how to avoid it. Our personal experience can pay off. Just don’t go into sin for the sake of being able to help someone else with their problems, that’s counter productive and sinful.
Also when it comes to recycling while we may have the material to recycle we don’t actually do the recycling. We have to take it to some place that sends it out and that other place does the recycling. That place will have been properly outfitted and trained on how to safely recycle the material. The driver of the that truck may have owned the metal going to be recycled but he wasn’t going to actually recycle it himself. We turn in our sins to the only one who can proper dispose of them. That one is God almighty and he does it through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Here are some examples on how He does it:
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Psalms 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Vs 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Vs 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
These are just a couple of examples of God’s recycling program that He calls repentance.
Are you hauling around problems and worries God can take those off your hands too: 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
Yeah, God is a junk dealer for sure. He takes our old wicked sinful hearts and fixes them up by saving us. He restores those who come to Him whether it be for salvation or restoration to fellowship with Him. And then one day to top it off He is going to take these old worn out bodies, with all their aches, pains, and in some cases missing parts and He will make them perfect: 1 Corinthians 15:52-54 “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”