12/3/13: Clear the Brush
Southern California is a beautiful place to live. We have wonders at our disposal: the beautiful coastline of the Pacific Ocean, the excitement of a huge metropolis like Los Angeles, the year-round mild weather, rolling hills, and majestic mountains. Some of the choicest real estate in the world can be found in those mountains and canyons; however, there to lies great dangers we experience almost annually.
Those dangers are devastating wildfires. These raging infernos destroy acres and acres of land. It’s interesting to note that the intensity of these fires is usually caused by years and years of dense vegetation growth that has become dry due to the heat and little rain. Many times the news reports that this brush has not burned in 20, 30, or 40 years. Just one spark causes it to flare up and the fire uses this accumulated fuel to consume everything in its path.
How like our lives this situation is! While we are living comfortably, we can be lulled into believing all is well. We build the fine houses of our lives in the canyons of our troubles. Perhaps we’re dwelling amidst unexpressed resentment, bitterness, or anger toward someone close to us. It could be we reside on the property of veiled disappointment over the fact that life just hasn’t turned out like we thought it should. Maybe we’re located amidst hidden fears due to past hurts we’ve tried to bury. And it could be that we’ve built a house upon a lie that we’ve embraced as truth about ourselves, thus keeping us rooted to sin we fail to confess because the deception has convinced us we’re right. Even though we’ve ignored them, these issues have stayed close and have silently taken root, grown, and spread. Just one spark, though, will set it off, and the resulting flames will feed on neglected brush and could utterly destroy everything we’ve worked so hard to maintain.
Consider the following verses:
- Revelation 3:16-17 So, because you are lukewarm– neither hot nor cold– I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. (NIV)
- 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. (NIV)
Clear the brush. Don’t allow the overgrowth of past hurts, hidden failures, or unconfessed sin to grow as dry tinder that could be sparked into a consuming flame at any moment. You may not be able to control the devastation of the resulting firestorm.
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