Do you get a lot of junk mail? I used to get tons and tons of junk mail; however, I think the economy caused people to cut back on mass mailings. Now it seems the mass mailings are done through email. I get all kinds of unsolicited emails each day. Fortunately, my computer sifts through most of them and tosses them aside in my spam folder, which is like tossing them in the trash. I have the opportunity to make sure nothing I wanted was put there by mistake before wiping it away for good. It is really wonderful.
As Christians, we are constantly bombarded with messages throughout the course of the day. Much of what comes our way is unsolicited and we have to determine if we listen to it and receive it or toss it aside as trash. On our own, we would have difficulty deciding what stays and what goes.
In John 14:16-18 Jesus said “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” We are not left alone to filter through the messages that come to us. We have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us to guide us and direct us in determining what is spam and what we should be focusing on. His presence in us causes us to feel uneasy whenever we expose ourselves to things that do not bring glory and honor to God.
Paul gives us some direction in determining what we should attend to in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things.” When we focus on such things, we bring honor and glory to God.
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” When we sift all we think, say and do through the Word of God, we can be certain we will make wise choices.
It’s time to take out the trash and get on with what God has in store for you today.