She was very personable when we met her over twenty years ago. We inquired about her car for sale and then talked for a while. Her home was on the road we traveled often, and we would observe it as we passed by. Over the years we noticed her modest home was less kept up, and trash was accumulating. Finally, last year her home looked like it was pushed up from the ground into a garbage dump.
One day I saw her outside, pulled into her drive, and spoke to her. I said I wondered if she could use some help. I was more than happy to help her. She kindly thanked me and said her kids who lived in the Ozarks were coming up to help. Well, that never happened, and it appears now she is either in a nursing home or passed because her car is gone and a dumpster is in its place. My heart ached for that woman and her horrid living conditions.
We don’t understand how a person could live in garbage, yet how many professing Christians do exactly that – spiritual and moral garbage that is. The internet and TV will stream filth right to your ears and eyeballs – all one could lust for and more. It might be moral filth, or Disney witchcraft, or the sensuality du jour.
“And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:14-15). Please, please, don’t accept things the average church-going Christian embraces these days. Whether physical or spiritual hoarding, you don’t have to do anything. Garbage just happens. Holiness takes effort and vigilance.
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” (Ephesians 1:4).