"So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls."
Tonight I'm pondering why this Scripture would recommend putting away or storing filth and evil excess. It doesn't say destroy or rid or incinerate.
And just the excess?
There's something comforting about this Scripture. Like the author was saying, "Listen, I know you are enjoying your evil little life and that you enjoy wallowing around in that filth. I do too! I know that sin will always be in the picture so let's be realistic about it. Just put it away if you can. I know that there will be times when you get it out, look at it, touch it, play with it, love it... but then put it away."
He recognizes that something foreign has been implanted into us.
It's like we were abducted at some point. Something was implanted into our psyche.
The Implant-ers care about our well-being.
Or perhaps have sympathy as they watch our filth wallowing.
"Damn, those folks need some help. They need saved from themselves."
Perhaps the implant is something like in vitro.
The message waits like the fertilized embryo--not growing until it is welcomed by the recipient.
And we cannot receive it until we are humble.
Until play time is over.
And our filthy toys are stored away.
I believe that our "toys" are the two very human extremes that keep us from fully welcoming the message of love and grace in our lives.
The first is self-adoration. These are all of our immature, narcissistic, self-righteous beliefs.
These are all of the ways that we tell ourselves how good, smart, right, beautiful, better-than, etc. we are.
Ironically, self-adoration is typically just a cover up for deep self-loathing. This is the other extreme. Self-loathing keeps us from believing that we are loved as we are. That we are deeply loved by God even while we are filth wallowing. That He watches us with love...and waits for us.
So what about you? Are there any toys that you might want to put away for now? When you think about God looking at you, smiling with love, how does that feel? It is sometimes hard to believe. But this is the message. It has been implanted inside of you. It's there waiting to gestate and flourish.
think about it,