Children love to play in the dirt. There just seems to be something about getting a bowl, putting dirt in it, adding a little water and then baking mud pies. Yum, Yum! You do remember those days don’t you? Making the pies were the fun part; eating them got a little nasty.
As we get older there is nothing like a good steak (or salad if you’re a vegetarian). A steak that is marinated for hours and cooked over an open pit is hard to beat. This thing just melts in your mouth. My mouth is watering just thinking about it right now.
When we are younger we don’t know any better than to play in the dirt and make mud pies. As we get older we realize mud pies are not as good as some other things. The mud is nasty and the steak is mouth watering.
Why would a person want mud when they can have steak? A very good question, huh? Really there is no comparison as the steak comes out on top every time. But today we as adults still play in the dirt. Not necessarily the physical dirt, but the filth that comes when we sin. We do things that God’s word opposes and refuse to do the things that God’s word teaches. We watch things that are disgusting at the movies and on the television and expect to stay clean while we are doing it. Every time we see the filth we are a little more hardened to it and it becomes easier as we do so. Sometimes we even make excuses for watching some of the things that we do. My favorite is research. I knew a preacher once who bought a playboy magazine and labeled it as research? Huh? The stuff in those magazines are horrible.
Is there anything at all in your life that may be filth that needs to be removed? What is your justification? God wants us to remain pure and that is a real effort in our world. Let’s stay with the steak and leave the mud alone!