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March 8, 2013

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RUSHVILLE — Moscow Christian Church

Dirt Detector

I have noticed how the people in my life whom I admire as spiritually mature seem so keenly aware of the sin in their lives.  Instead of seeing less sin as time goes on, I get the impression they have grown even more sensitive to their own spiritual struggles and inadequacies as they have drawn closer to God.

Over the years I have thought it would be interesting to do a study to see if what I suspected about the apostle Paul was true.  I wondered if we were to read his letters in a chronological order, we might discover that, (as someone once told me) “The closer we get to the light, the more dirt we detect.”

The scriptures confirmed what I had suspected:

(Paul wrote in A. D. 48-58…)  “When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.”  Galatians 2:11

(Paul wrote in A. D. 55…)  “For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.”   1 Corinthians 15:9

(Paul wrote in A. D. 57…)  “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave in sin.  I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  Romans 7:14, 15

(Paul wrote in A. D. 60…)  “…I am less that the least of all God’s people…”  Ephesians 3:8

(Paul wrote in A. D. 62-64…)  “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:  Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst.”  1 Timothy 1:15

May we pause to honestly shine the light of God on our own lives and, with His help, deal with the dirt we detect.

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