I went into my room last night and saw a small cassette tape on the table. We are long past the age of cassette tapes so I was curious about this and I picked up and noticed that it was a sermon I preached while I was an intern at Washington Avenue church of Christ in the summer of 2002. I came to the church building this morning and searched for a cassette player and as I am typing this I am listening to my sermon entitled, “The Christian Soldier.” It is a humbling task listening to the way I preached years ago because I thought I was a good preacher back then. Some of the phrases I used and the theology I purported I think to myself, “How could I have been that naive?” I even preached from the King James Version of Scripture!!! I write this to you because it is not a bad thing to look at the skeletons in our closet.
- Looking at our past helps to shape us.
- Looking at our past helps to comfort us and how far we have grown.
- Looking at our past helps to center us if we have fallen.
So what skeletons do you need to look at and get rid of in your closet? What are those pet sins you have that keep you from a relationship with God? So often we do not look at what’s deep in our hearts because we are scared at what we might find. If we are scared to look at what’s inside then that should be a pause for concern. A problem neglected is a spiritual life infected. Think about that…I just made it up :). A problem neglected is a spiritual life infected. If I have a mold problem in my foundation neglecting it does not change it but actually the problem gets worse.
So open your closet door, and get the skeletons out. In honor of the KJV and my sermon…
“Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man” (Matt. 15:17-20).