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The dirt indicator

June 9, 2008

by Pastor Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free LutheranChurch, Cokato

I had fun shopping a couple of weeks ago.

I know that sounds strange for a man to say, but I did have fun. A couple of stores had winter clearance sales going on, and I found a rack of clothes at 90 percent off! That is when I like to shop!

One item I found was a very nice set of loungewear/pajamas. The bottoms were plaid and velour-like, and the top was a nice, comfortable material, black in color.

When I got home and opened the package, I noticed that the black top had an unusual strip of white material inside the back of the neck area. That white would never show when you wore them, so I wondered for awhile why it was there.

Then, it dawned on me! The strip was there to indicate when the neckline was dirty! How else would you know when it was time to wash something black in color? “Ingenious,” I thought.

By nature, we are spiritually black. Because of our fall into sin, our spiritual vision is darkened and we can’t see our own sin. God had to add the commandments so that we would know what sin was.

Romans 4:20a says, “The law was added so that the trespass might increase.” The commands of God show me my sin. Unless the Law said, “Thou shalt not covet,” I would not have known that coveting was sin.

Why do many people stay away from church? Because when the Law of God is preached, it shows them their dirt (sin). As long as the Word of God does not shine on their lives, they think they are clean, or at least better than their neighbors or the criminals they see on the nightly news or read about in the newspaper.

Do you think you are clean? By what are you judging yourself? The only true indicator is the Law of God in the Bible. That is what we will all be compared to on judgment day.

The only sure cure is the blood of Jesus Christ that He shed on the cross to cleanse you from sin. Romans 5:20-21 has some very good news. “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

If you have allowed the Law to show you your sin, then put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior. He is the only One who can remove sin’s stain.