[PC-USA]2016-01-19 - Germs at the Altar

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Recently, I was sharing info with a friend, about in the US, tests consistently show that money has even more bacteria on it, than is found in a normal bathroom. Thus since many churches keep offering plates in front of their altars, it stands to reason that the most germ-laden place would be the altar.

But almost immediately, the thought struck me, that there is actually no more appropriate place for the germs or dirt or sins of our lives. Whether the altar is literal as in some of our churches, or metaphorical as we pray wherever we are, God wants us to bring all the "germs" of our lives to Him. We are to confess our sins-whether words, actions or motives.

1 John 1:8-10 The Message (MSG)
If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins–make a clean breast of them–he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God–make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.

I have heard too many people say that God could never forgive them, because they committed (a horrible sin, fill in the blank). But there is no sin that God will not forgive, no life that is beyond redemption - if we will humble ourselves before Him.

After all, this is the God who turns murderers into church leaders and Bible writers (See Paul.), cowards and big-mouths into courageous preachers (See Peter.), adulterers into Psalmists whose words we read in our Bibles and sing in our churches (see David.).

Whatever germs we harbor in our lives and hearts, God is the place to take them. Besides, He already knows, anyway; He may as well hear it from us. He'll not only forgive us, but most likely will use our experiences to help someone else.

[email jan] Janice P. Moser

All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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