Filthy Rags

Filthy Rags


As Christians, we know that we are saved by grace, through faith.  We say we aren’t saved by works, but yet the we live our lives may say something different.


Sometimes it’s good to evaluate why we are doing certain things.  Why do we allow our children to be involved in so many activities?  (Activities which require us to chauffeur every night of the week, and several times on the weekend)  Are we afraid to say no?  Are we trying to avoid hearing their whining if we refuse?  Is it to stroke our own ego?  Is it peer pressure?  Why do we feel that we must say ‘yes’ to every person who asks us to do something?  Are we looking for approval?  Do we fear what they may think of us if we say ‘no’?  Are we trying to stroke our ego again?


While doing all of these outside activities builds up a very busy schedule, it may not be building a very firm foundation for us.  Paul tells us that we should build a foundation using gold, silver, and costly stones. (I Cor. 3) When we find ourselves wrapped up in too many activities, even good activities, which aren’t God’s will for us, we will find that we are building a foundation of wood, hay, and straw.


When we find ourselves doing too many things that aren’t God’s best for us, we cause ourselves undue stress, excessive weariness, and constant strife.  The strife can affect our marriage, family, friendships, and most importantly, our walk with God.  Our aim should be to let God’s righteousness shine through.  When we build a foundation by doing things outside of God’s will for us, we are letting our own righteousness show through, and God makes it clear that our righteousness is nothing more than filthy rags.

(Is. 64:6)


Do you need to get rid of some filthy rags?

© 2004, Stacy R Miller


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