The Ministries of our Church
Spotlight 8 6 2011
By Toni Osborne, Happy Sabbath, Berean!
Does it ever seem like your battle against sin is an exercise in futility? Sin reminds me of dust. No matter how often you dust, it’s back before you know it. I remember when the Swiffer Sweeper first came out with those disposable little cloths that use electrostatic action to capture dirt, dust, hair, etc. I was so excited with this new cleaning device and couldn’t wait to share my discovery with my daughter. She was intrigued and came over to see my new “toy.” I forgot to tell her that I’d already cleaned the floor that morning, but I was willing to put on a clean cloth and redo the floor. I knew the results would be minimal at best. Imagine my surprise when the cloth picked up an inordinate amount of “new” dust—all within hours of the first sweeping. It seemed that no matter how meticulously I’d swept the floor earlier, that relentless foe, Mr. Dust, was back again!
Doesn’t that remind you of sin? No matter how hard we try to eradicate sin from our lives, it has a way of reinvading our lives over and over again —like dust. The minute we think we’ve won the battle, it rears its ugly head again. But I learned a valuable spiritual lesson from this experience. While the Swiffer Sweeper promises to eliminate dust, and that only temporarily, our God promises to do so much more than just temporarily eliminate sin from our lives; He promises to eradicate it permanently. He says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9. And He promises, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.” Ezekiel 36:26. What wonderful promises of forgiveness, cleansing, and newness of heart and spirit!
Berean, Christian education teaches our children that only God can save them from sin and give them the power to live a righteous life. Let’s give them a fighting chance against sin by placing our love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate the amount on the Education line). Thank you for supporting this worthwhile ministry.