Christian Devotionals

"Pure Spiritual Spilt Milk"

"Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account."
(Hebrews 4:13)

The Lord often speaks to me in every day circumstances and mundane events. Today for example, I was really busy and the next thing I know, it’s lunchtime. “Not already!” Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat – but you know how it is when you’re crammed for time. Today I had a million and one things to do and I was only up to number four. I decided to grab a quick bite and get back to work with minimal delay. For me, that’s woofing down a sandwich in four or five bites. So I run upstairs, open up the fridge and grab the chicken cutlet leftovers and the mayo to make a sandwich. Out comes a gallon of milk and crashes to the floor. The container lands on the floor sideways, the cap comes off and milk starts pouring out – glunk, glunk, glunk – all over the floor and yes, under the refrigerator. I just stared and groaned as the floor became a milky white mess. I snapped out of my zombie like trance, picked up the milk and put the cap on what was left of it. I don’t know what I was more upset about, the huge mess I had to clean or the cost of the wasted milk (milk’s like $10 a gallon now). Then the door bell rings.

I opened the door and it’s the DHL guy delivering my Dell printer cartridge. I’ve got milk soaked paper towels in my hand as I sign for my package. I needed to vent, so I shared what just happened. He actually cared and this made me feel a little better. Hey when you work from home and have no colleagues to commiserate with, you’re grateful for the sympathetic ear of the DHL, UPS or FedEx guy.

Now back to my mess. I sopped up all the milk on the floor and for one brief moment, thought about ignoring the milk that went under the refrigerator. “Who’s going to look under there anyway?” Then I said to myself, “This is wrong Joe, really wrong. You’ll know it’s there, plus think of the smell over time.” So I grabbed both sides of the refrigerator and heaved it towards me. I pulled it back about four feet and surveyed the carnage. Wow, not only was there a lot of milk back there, but we were looking at some serious crud buildup. “Hey”, I reasoned with myself, “I’m only responsible for the spilt milk – not all this other mess.” I mean we not only had crud, we had stuff that fell behind the refrigerator that was coated with crud. So I mop up the milk and was about to roll that bad boy back into place, when I was convicted again and opted to do the right thing: scrape the crud and wash it down.

That’s when the spiritual analogy hit me. We as Christians can look clean on the outside, but what’s back there behind the refrigerator so to speak? Is the crud in our hearts shielded from other people’s view by a veneer of holiness and respectability (our Christian game face)? In most cases, we ourselves aren’t aware that it’s there until God reveals it to us. Remember, if you’re a Christian, the Holy Spirit dwells inside you. One of His purposes is to bring Jesus Christ glory through you and your life. In order to do this, we need crucify our sinful nature and become more and more like Jesus. When we submit to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work in us, we are supernaturally empowered to model Christ-like behavior and glorify our Savior. As we walk closer with the Lord, He will reveal what has to go. God will use our Bible reading, an event, the counsel of a godly friend or whatever it takes to expose sin and remove it from our life. It may be unpleasant at the time – crucifying the sinful nature hurts – but we will be pleased with the long-term results and better suited for our Master’s use (2 Timothy 2:21).

In my spilt milk story, I thought my kitchen was pretty clean until an event (a gallon of milk hitting the floor) uncovered the real condition of that room. Maybe this is a stretch, but work with me here. Had the event not occurred, the crud would have remained and I’d be ignorant of the kitchen’s true condition. Take a moment right now and ask God to reveal the next thing you need to clean up in your life. Pray and meditate over this for awhile and be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit brings to your attention. Confess this sin, ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:9) and rely on God to help you clean up this area of your life. He will.

“The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD,
Searching all the inner depths of his heart.”
(Proverbs 20:27)

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 1:6)

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