Keys to the Kingdom
One of my early memories as a young girl is going to the laundrymat with my Mom. I don’t recall actually helping much, but I watched. I think I subconsciously absorbed a lot of important lessons on how to sort dirty laundry and fold clean laundry. I noticed that some of the ladies folded their towels differently from my Mom and I scratched my head over that. The sorting process was very important if you cared a hoot about the outcome later. Our Sunday-go-to-meetin’ clothes were never washed with Dad’s horse-riding blue jeans. Through the years, I’ve ruined a few items by not properly sorting them before tossing them into the washer. I knew better, but decided to take a risk and do it anyway. Sloppy sorting always comes back to bite me and it’s never worth the gamble.
There’s a lot of brilliant people designing catchy home décor. I bought my daughter a wall hanging that reads, “Laundry today or naked tomorrow.” Although I didn’t buy it, I saw another one I especially liked that read, “Sorting out life one load at a time.“ God is the Master Designer of the Universe and He didn’t create any of us to be spiritually sloppy. We sort out our laundry, so we ought to sort out our lives too. Anything the devil throws into our laundry hamper must be tossed out immediately. Believers need to reevaluate what we’re doing with our lives to see if we’re measuring up to God’s way of being and doing. How we sort today affects the outcome of our life tomorrow.
“Let’s take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ name” (Hebrews 13:15 MSG). Believers are to constantly offer up to God a sacrifice of praise. God doesn’t require us to offer the sacrifice of an animal (burnt offering) anymore. Jesus took care of the sin sacrifice once and for all. God petitions our praise which is thankfully acknowledging who He is and bringing glory and honor to His name.
All believers are walking-talking billboards. It costs money to advertise something on a billboard, so there’s a type of sacrifice (or cost) to living a holy life for God. What exactly are we advertising with our daily lives? Are we sorting out the rotten from the excellent and bearing good fruit? It’s not totally about how we act or respond during the church gathering. It’s how we conduct ourselves on our jobs, at the grocery store, restaurant, post office, court house, gas station, family reunions, etc. Everywhere we go, we’re advertising that we’re either good or bad at sorting out life.
God’s Word is the best laundry-sorting manual. His Word is tried and true and can be completely trusted. On the other hand, Satan can’t be trusted any further than you can throw him down the laundry chute. He only knows how to deceive, lie, steal, kill, and destroy your life. Anything he has to offer is ripped, stained, and not your size no matter how you try to put it on.
When believers offer our lives as a living sacrifice to God because we truly love Him, we bring him the honor and glory He deserves. Our sacrifice of holy living and praise is our testimony of Who God is. It’s worth the cost and there’s no gamble involved.
The Key: Believers live one day at a time and sort life’s laundry one load at a time.