7 06 2010

We are on the way to the dentist this morning. A recent check-up revealed the presence of a couple of cavities. Despite faithful brushing and flossing, those little cavities now threaten the health of someone I love.

In the grand world of dentistry, cavities are not a big deal if they are caught early. It requires an extra trip to the dentist, some time, discomfort, and expense, but it can be remedied. The dentist puts a filling in place, we can go back to our activities, but the tooth is left with a reminder of the invasion.

Cavities in our teeth work in the same way sin works in our souls. Sin worms its way in, many times without us even realizing it has taken hold in our lives. God’s Word, the Spirit’s work in our hearts, and spiritual friendships all provide mirrors for us to see the invasion. Checked regularly and caught early, the damage is minimal. Left unchecked, giant holes can begin to eat away at our core.

Brushing and flossing are tools against cavities in our mouths. God gives us tools to help sin from building up in our lives. Worship, prayer, Bible study, quietness, service, and connection with fellow Christians all work together to provide a defense against sin. We all understand the importance of brushing our teeth every day. We teach our children to do it from the time they are very young. Investing ourselves daily in these spiritual disciplines works in our hearts in the same way brushing works on our teeth.

There is one more absolutely essential piece to good dental health – you have to see the dentist. He is the expert. He sees things we don’t see. He uncovers the problems, diagnoses solutions, and steps in to heal the damage. Jesus tells us in Mark 2:17, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Spending time in the presence of the Great Physician is the best antidote to sin. He will uncover it, cure it, and pay the bill. He will move in our lives and transform our hearts so we will be a little more resistant to sin the next time, if we will just settle in and let Him work on us.

My Jesus Resolution today is take time for a check-up. I am going to sit down in His presence and open my heart. I want His Word to shine brightly into the crevices of my life. I want to be transparent with my friends, so they can help me see what needs the touch of Jesus. The best part – when Jesus takes care of the sin in my life, it isn’t a patch job or a filling. He gives me a fresh start with a brand new heart. One He is shaping to look just like Him.



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