When we decide to be careless with even so much as a gum wrapper, I think it might be good to picture Jesus coming along behind us, picking it up. This word picture could also lead us to understand what He must see when we likewise leave messes for Him to clean up with our sins.
Servitude Round Up
..."The earth belongs to the Lord.And so does everything in it." 1 Corinthians 10:26
We can all be "little stinkers" sometimes. Whether we are careless or just plain lazy, it makes no difference, we can really stink up our world. Should we be more mindful of what we are doing when we leave our messes for God or others to clean up? We are so blessed by Him and it is easy to take our blessings for granted. We forget He is the true owner of all we have, see and even what we cannot see. He allows us to enjoy the works of His hands. He also wants us to take care of Godly possessions.
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen 1 Peter 4:11
In the same way, we "little stinkers" can also be used in a destructive manor over body, mind, soul and spirit. He gives personal and explicit direction in how we are to nurture our walk with Jesus and conduct ourselves in the world. Should we be more mindful of what we might do which could leave a wake of destruction in our lives or in the lives of others? Whether by our words or by our deeds, do we cause problems and then expect God to come along behind and pick up our messes? When we dishonor our bodies, choose greed over compassion, fail to engage in the renewing of our minds to Godly thoughts, that is exactly what we are doing. We, His children, must nurture the soul and spirit by the reading and study of His Word.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with you body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
We can show God we love the work of His hands by taking the time to appreciate and care for what He has created. This would include the love and respect we show to Him, ourselves and others. God has claimed dominion over our lives. However, He is a gentleman and He expects us to do the work that is required to make our lives an act of worship which can be carried up to Him as a "sweet aroma." In Faith, He... will allow us to see with His eyes, hear with His ears and act in the power of His Holy Spirit as we enjoy His creation with thankful hearts. The picture we should desire is this one:
Matthew 35:21and 23, His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
A Prayer to Share:
So many times I fail to do as You have instructed. When difficult consequences come from my actions, help me to see that You are not the cause of the problems I may face. Help me to be mindful of the pain that I could inflict on others when I do not seek to live by the Fruit of Your Spirit. Protect and guide my steps as I seek a path offering a "Sweet Aroma" of servitude to You!