Having worked hard at building fence all day with the New Life Trail’s volunteers, I was exhausted. I came into the house and collapsed onto the couch, just to rest for a moment. That moment turned into the night, and I woke the next morning in the disbelief, “I slept all night!” I pulled myself off of the couch feeling really gross and made my way into the kitchen. When I looked at the clock, I realized that I had even slept longer than I thought! I had 10 minutes to get ready for Sunday School, and I was so dirty!
I hated to miss church. I waited all week to get to see my spiritual family and see how everyone was doing, but I was too dirty to go to church. I sat down in dismay with a sigh. Then, I proclaimed in my Spirit, God’s Spirit within me. That’s an oxymoron! “I can’t be too dirty for church!” Pulling my hair into a bun, washing off with a washrag, I jumped into my church clothes. With a little extra perfume, I headed off to my spiritual family. You know what?! I don’t think anyone even noticed. They were just glad that I was there. Hebrew 10: 24 and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another and so much more as we see the day approaching.
How sad it is, that we often let our spiritual dirt keep us from coming together as believers. Maybe it was the fight with your spouse, your children, or another believer that leaves you feeling too dirty for church. Maybe it is an addiction, small or great, and you have listened to the deceiver’s lies, and believe that you can never remove the dirt and you are unworthy to gather. Do you fight these unseen battles? I do….not as much as I used to, but I still do sometimes. The more that I come together with other believers, the weaker the enemy”s condemnation slurs. This principle is consistent with the scripture, Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 When my focus became on the good that I was called to instead of the mistakes that I make, I became free. Romans 8:1 There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ. And John 8:36 Who the Son has set free, is free indeed. Yes, I need to be aware of the dirt, and spend the needed time in the shower(Bible study, prayer and worship) washing it off, but never let it keep me from coming into the presence of my God wherever that might be.