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Keeping One Eye Open

I hate doing the dishes. See, it only took one sentence for you and I to connect and relate with one another! But honestly, dishes are not my favorite thing. It takes time, it’s monotonous, and just when you feel like you’ve accomplished them, your two year old toddler comes running up to you with his spoon that he just dipped into his yogurt, reminding you that there will always be more dishes to do. I. Hate. Doing. Dishes.

Recently, my family moved back home to Missouri. And, by God’s grace, we were able to find a house to rent fairly quickly. It checked all of our boxes. Enough bedrooms for us and our four children, a yard they can play in (once winter is over), great location, great price, and more than one bathroom (this may make you laugh, but with four children, multiple bathrooms are grace from God). It wasn’t until we left the house after viewing it that Em looked at me and said, “The only downside is the kitchen doesn’t have a dishwasher.” Oh no…

Now, to be fair, I do dishes, but I’m not going to portray that I do all or even the majority of the dishes. Em and I attempt to share the load and both do tasks around the house. But it would be fair to say she does more than I do most days (weeks, months, etc…). But no dishwasher sounded unbearable to this man in his thirties who hates doing dishes. But it is certainly no reason to not rent a house, so we moved forward with the rental.

It’s been interesting since we’ve moved into our new home. Our dishes are never piled up anymore. Most times during the day, there are only a handful of dishes that are sitting off to the side dirty. I can’t remember the last time we have been in the kitchen cooking only to realize the utensil, bowl, or pan we need is dirty and needs to be washed before we can use it. And I think I know why. Without having a dishwasher, something that we view as doing the work for us, we have been constantly aware of the dirty dishes on our counter to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand. It’s as if we always have one eye on the dishes. Anytime we enter the kitchen and see dishes on the counter, we don’t say “I’ll deal with that later, it’s not bothering me yet.” Instead, we do the dishes then. Why? Because we know what happens if we ignore it or turn a blind eye. It can quickly grow out of control, and then when we do have to deal with it, it feels overwhelming, and we feel defeated. 

It got me thinking…

What if this was how we viewed sin in our life? What if this was how we viewed our relationship with God in our life? We are quick to point out the sin in the lives of others. And do not mishear, we are called to hold one another accountable in our walks with God. We are called to encourage one another to live a life marked by faithfulness to God. How will we be able to stir one another up to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24) if we fail to lovingly point others back to Jesus, and back to the true gospel? 

However, we are often slow to do anything about the sin in our own life. That is because that is exactly what it is: our sin. I have become comfortable with it. I have become familiar with it. In my eyes, it is not hurting anyone or anything. So I let it pile. And pile. And pile. I turn a blind eye. And before I know it, I open my eyes and see the hurt, devastation, and destruction that my sin has caused. 

What if we viewed sin for what it is; an affront to God? David said it well in 2 Samuel 12:13. Nathan had confronted David with his sin of lust and sexual immorality with Bathsheba. Not only this, but his murder of her husband, Uriah. And look at David’s response:

David responded to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

I have sinned against the Lord. 

His sin had affected Uriah…

but it was the Lord he sinned against. 

His sin affected Bathsheba…

but it was the Lord he sinned against. 

All sin affects us, and those around us. And all sin is first and foremost an affront to God. And while we often turn a blind eye to it, it builds up. And piles. And piles. 

Now the beautiful news is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross can cover those sins if we place our faith in Him, that His sacrifice is sufficient. But just because it is forgiven does not mean there are no consequences for those sins in our life, or the lives of others. 

Maybe it’s time that we become aware of the sin that is dwelling in our hearts. Maybe it’s time to keep one eye open. Don’t ignore the sin in your life. Don’t shove them down, thinking it’s not hurting anything and you’ll get to it later. Stop where you’re at right now. Pray that God would grant you repentance. Praise Him that He offers mercy and grace. And keep one eye open. 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9


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