4th April 2016

Rummaging in the ‘Fridge

“For you are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord shall enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop; by My God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
2 Samuel 22:29-31 (NKJV UK)

I decided to clean my ’fridge, whether it needed it or not. Actually, I couldn’t remember the last time I’d done it, so I reasoned that it probably needed it. But everything looked clean and tidy, apart from a few crumbs from the rolls and bread I keep in there. Still it was going to be cleansed, like it or not!

But once I started, I soon found that it was indeed high time. There were fragments of packages welded to the freezing plate at the back. There was something that had spilled and left a suspicious brown smear under one of the plastic storage boxes, which wasn’t noticed until that was removed for washing. Then in the darkest recess was a lone shallot. Still perfect, it was perhaps shy, preferring the quiet life rather than ending up as an ingredient in some concoction. There were other areas that, whilst acceptable, were all the better for a cleaning and washing away of the marks, the stains, the residues.

All very similar to the Christian, I thought after I’d finished. When was the last time we took a moment to have a rummage in our Christian spiritual ’fridge or cupboard? Some do their ‘spring cleaning’ once a year around Easter or Lord’s Supper time, but other times can prove just as useful an exercise, whether we need it or not.

Long-time followers of our Lord may not find wholesale sin to be turfed out, discarded. But I can guarantee you that there will be some stains and unidentified marks that we all can do with getting rid of, that we don’t see until we take a closer look. Everything may seem to be okay, but on closer inspection…

Don’t take time to identify where the stains and skulking shallots came from necessarily, just jettison them quickly by handing them on in prayer to Christ in repentance and confession. After all, that’s what he is there for as our high priest, exchanging our sins—or as one hymn puts it, to purge our stains—for his righteousness and robes of purest white.

When I’d finished cleaning my ’fridge, I stood before the open door with some satisfaction. Really there wasn’t much change to see. But now I knew at least for a little while, mine was a cleaned ’fridge—until I spill some milk or forget some remnant of cheese and have to start all over again.

Holy Father, we don’t see ourselves as you see us, and, too often, we can deceive ourselves as to our real state. Give us the vision to see ourselves through your eyes, we pray in Jesus’ name.

Study by John Stettaford


johnstettafordAbout the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School,
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Honey End Lane
RG30 4EL

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Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk