Leviticus 15 spells out the procedure for a Jewish priest when someone reports that there may be mold in their house. What lesson can we learn from this passage, other than making sure that our own houses are clean and free of mold?
Here it is: watch out for things that contaminate your life. Paul puts it this way in 2 Corinthians 7:1:
2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)
1 ...dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
What are some things that contaminate our lives? They include wrong friends, sinful attitudes, and sinful habits. The New Testament mentions a bunch of them specifically, such as bitterness, unforgiveness, rage, hypocrisy, envy, hatred, lust, malice, filthy language, gossip, "yoking" yourself to someone who does not worship Jesus, just to name a few.
Think of your life as a house with many rooms. If you keep trying to co-exist with sin, sin will end up contaminating the various rooms in your house. Soon those rooms will become unlivable, and the Holy Spirit will not occupy those rooms. By hanging on to sin, you limit God from filling your life with His blessing, His peace and His beauty.
God may have forgiven you of your sin when you placed your faith in Christ's blood and you may be going to heaven as a result. But if practically speaking you don't make any attempt to get rid of wrong friends, sinful attitudes and sinful habits, they will contaminate your life on earth, and practically speaking your life on earth will be no different and no less miserable than the life of someone who is far from God.
That's why the Bible tells us over and over not only to receive Christ's forgiveness for our sins, but also to take practical steps to get rid of sin from our lives. (See, for example 1 Peter 2:1, Ephesians 4:31, and Colossians 3:8).
Is there a sinful relationship, attitude or habit that God is telling you to get rid of?
When we get rid of the sin in our lives, that's when our invitation for God's Spirit to fill our lives can really make a difference. It's because now we've emptied our home of things that contaminate and can now let God's Spirit take over. You can't co-exist with sin, but when you kick sin out and let God's Spirit in, that's when God's blessing in your life will truly overflow.
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