As most of you are aware, this past August, I turned 50. I honestly don’t feel “old,” but a few years ago I remember thinking anyone who was 40 was old!
Now when you turn 50, there are certain medical “procedures” that are recommended. This is especially true if you have a family history of certain health issues...or if you have an unknown family history of health issues (like I do, since I was adopted and have no knowledge of either “birth parent”).
So the other day I had a get acquainted session with the general surgeon who is going to do a “non-surgical procedure” (a colonoscopy) on me on Friday, November 22. Prayers would be appreciated.
So while we were talking, he stressed the importance of the “cleansing process”. The doctor said it was like driving a car and he had to navigate four turns...and he didn’t want to miss any of them or miss anything else covered up by, well, previously eaten food.
I feel certain you are wondering why I’m telling you this. What possible spiritual application can be made? Well, try this on for size…
As we journey through this life, we encounter many things...some are good, some are not so good with the potential to turn bad, some are just plain bad. We need to be able to see clearly so that we don’t miss something in the later two categories.
There are a lot of places who claim to be Christian, but they are teaching a lot of things that are not found in the Bible. If you do a little research (even just look at their website), you’ll find out that they are teaching things foreign to and, in some cases, in direct opposition to the Bible.
In order to have a “cleansed” path to heaven, we need to be careful about what we allow to enter our heart. This starts with what we allow to enter our eyes and ears.
What I am saying is that we need to be careful about who and what we listen to (and, for those with younger kids, what and who we allow them to listen to).
Confusion abounds in our culture. Spiritually speaking, we need to be certain that we keep our hearts cleansed of ideas, thoughts, and doctrines that may allow something anti-Biblical to take root in our heart.
If you don’t believe me, check out 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22.