Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Socks and Sin- A Comparison

Let's face it, as moms we are in constant battle with a that very formidable foe- THE SOCKS.
Where are they? Why are they on the floor? How can we keep them clean? And most of all, Why are they sooooo yucky and stinky?

The truth is that sin and dirty socks have a great deal in common.

The first similarity between dirty socks and sin is that people try to hide both of them. My kids are notorious for trying to hide socks. Instead of putting them in the dirty clothes to be cleaned, they hide them behind the couch, under a chair, or throw them in the toy box. The problem with this is that I know where the hiding spots are and I ALWAYS find them. Sin is the same. How many times have we all tried to "hide" sin from God, allowing it to go on when we know we should repent from it and "put it in the dirty clothes". He is all-knowing and caring-we cannot hide anything from Him. Consider the following:

"Yours, O Lord is the Greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in the heaven and the earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom O Lord, and you are exhalted as head over all."

1 Chronicles 29:12

The second similarity between dirty socks and sin is that they both really stink. After being enclosed in our shoes next to sweaty feet all day, socks can emerge smelling pretty bad! No one is immune to this phenomenon (though some are worse than others). Think of all the powders and sprays that are on the market that try to eliminate foot, sock and shoe odor. They just seem to mix with the bad smell and make things even worse! Sin stinks pretty bad too, it is deplorable and separates us from God ( just like a dirty sock being held away from a person as they hold their nose!). We try to mask it, but there is nothing of this world that will take it away.

"For the wages of sin is death..."
Romans 6:23 a

The last similarity between dirty socks and sins that they can be washed clean. When laundered correctly, socks can smell of flowers or a fresh spring wind. Clorox is a beautiful thing! The blood of Christ is the "Clorox" of God that washes our sins clean. Sin stinks and as humans, we all have them. The one true solution is revealed through the Apostle Paul in Romans 5: 8-11:

8 But God demonstrates his love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then having been justified [washed clean] by his blood, we shall be saved from Wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only that but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have received reconciliation.

Isn't it wonderful that we are forgiven! Paul tells us that not only are we reunited with God through Christ, but that we rejoice in Him whose sacrifice provided for that reconciliation. Today as you wash those dirty socks, rejoice in the fact that God has given His Son as the "clorox" to wash our spiritual socks white as snow!

"For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace."
Romans 6:14

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