The light on the dishwasher beamed green, the signal that it had a clean load of dishes ready for unloading. In my morning preparations for work every minute counts, so while my cream of wheat (with chopped apricots) heated in the microwave, I opened the door and reached in towards the row of white Corelle cereal bowls.
I noticed a mark on the top of a couple of them, and gave the marks a rub. Maybe I had dripped coffee on my way to the counter, I thought. But as I pulled them out I noticed tiny specks of dried on food residue here and there. Yuck!
From experience I knew exactly what to do--check the filter. Sure enough, as I twisted and unlocked it, and pulled it up from the bottom of the dishwasher, I could see that the fine mesh sides of the cylinder were blocked by food residue. Double yuck!
I turned on the tap and filled the sink with hot soapy water and scrubbed gently to clean away the grease and goop. A quick rinse and it was pristine, ready to ensure that the next load of dishes would sparkle.
The microwave beeped and I sat down with Paul to eat the cream of wheat (with apricots. :)) Our conversation was about some off centre ideas that have gained credence within the Church. It's nothing new, it's been happening since the start; this mixing and remixing of Truth with a little bit of error. How's a soul to tell the difference?
Our minds, hearts and souls are like the dishes in my dishwasher. They need a good clean filter to process the ideas and "teachings" that seem to make sense but give us a slightly queasy feeling in our gut, as if there's something not quite right but we don't know what.There's only one I know of that'll do the job. While parts of the world would die for a copy of it, it sits unused or under used on too many bedside tables and book shelves. It's not a new and exciting self help book, it's the greatest story ever told. We need it more now than ever. Know it well, and we will know the Truth. Pick it up and read it for the treasure we hold in our hands.
2 Timothy 4:3 (Amplified Bible)
3For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,
Colossians 1:9-10 (The Message)
9-12Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven't stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you'll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.