Several months ago I told you about Polkala, our pet turtle. Well, Pokey continues to be a demanding little booger. Just last week, I emptied everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) out of his aquarium and gave it a thorough scrub down. I changed the filter, gave him clean water — the works, and do you know how he repaid this generosity?
Well, it hit me the moment I opened the front door. Agh!! The stench! How could something so small make such a big mess (and a stinky one at that) in just a week’s time?
While I was looking at Pokey, stewing that I have to clean his aquarium once again, the Lord convicted my heart. Is this what God sees when he looks into my life after just a few days without confession? Surely not confessing “respectable sins” such as unforgiveness, pride, gluttony, and envy wouldn’t cause my heart to reek with such a foul odor.
Just as Pokey seems content to live in his smelly habitat, I too, can become content to live in the pollution caused by sin in my own life.
If I want my life to share the fragrant aroma of Christ, I must continually confess my sins to the Lord and ask Him to purify me. So, as I fumigate Pokey’s aquarium, I’ll take time to do a heart check of my own, asking God to show me the murk and mire in my own life so that I can walk in the purity of Christ.