[CF Devotionals] 2008-01-29 - Dirty Diapers

When Jordan was first born we knew we'd be changing diapers quite regularly. The same will be true of Justin when he is born. It's natural, but it's also natural that with time all babies become potty-trained. We didn't scold him for the messes. As parents, Dana and I lovingly cleaned him up and applied ointments when rashes appeared. Now if Jordan was still in diapers at age seven, we might be a little upset and get on to him for going in his britches. But it would be out of love because we want better for him.

God wants us to be potty-trained too.

1 Peter 2:1-2 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Hebrews 5:12-14 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

To God, our sin is even more disgusting than the worst dirty diaper. When we are first born into his family, he knows we will still sin and mess our diapers. But he still loves us and cleans us up. As we mature he tries to teach us a better way. He wants better for us. God knows as we put on our "big boy" underwear that there will still be some slip-ups.

Even our big brother Paul had an occasional mistake.

Romans 7:14-20 (NKJV) For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

If I may translate Paul, he's saying. Look, I'm getting older and I know I have to go to the bathroom. I know how to go too. I know I need to run to my Father for help but I get caught up with my toys and other things and just forget to go sometimes. I don't want to have an accident but I slip up.

Are you growing up with Paul, perhaps still having a little slip up here and there but getting better each day? Or are you content lying in a diaper full of your own sins?


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All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted