Cleaning Up Poo!

It’s fun to watch some of the people in our neighborhood walk their dogs.  It’s early in the morning and they are enjoying a nice, peaceful walk.  In one hand is the leash and in the other is a plastic bag.  This is about the time the dog stops to take care of his business in the neighbor’s yard.  When the dog is finished, the owner takes the plastic bag, bends over (very funny considering some of the people who live around here) and picks up their dog’s leftovers.

While it isn’t the best representation, this is very much what our relationship with Jesus is like.  We walk around and make messes, He is there to clean it up.

Remember Mark 9?  Jesus and His closest disciples, Peter, James and John, are coming down the mountain right after the transfiguration.  They encounter a huge group of people.  He finds that His other disciples have tried to cast out a demon but were unable to.  The father of the child is frustrated about the situation.  Jesus cleans up the mess.

Remember John 18?  Jesus is in the process of being betrayed by Judas.  Soldiers have stepped forward to arrest Christ.  Peter has just told Jesus he will die for Him and he begins to put those words into action.  He draws his sword and cuts of the ear of the High Priest’s servant, Malchus.  Jesus halts the madness, bends down, grabs the severed ear off the ground and heals the servant.  Jesus cleans up the mess.

As we grow in discipleship, one of the lessons we will learn is that we can’t do this alone.  Ultimately, we aren’t good enough to clean up our own messes.  There is nothing we can do that is good enough that will clean up the mess of sin that we have made.

In Jesus’ greatest act on earth of “cleaning up the mess,” He died on a cross to become the ultimate payment for all of our messes.  He came to earth to show us His love and to offer His grace and forgiveness.  When it comes to discipleship, we will never be perfect.  Humans will almost always find a way to mess things up.  That’s why I’m so thankful for Jesus Christ, who died and rose again to take that mess away from me.

Thanks be to Jesus Christ for His amazing love.

Thank You Jesus, for cleaning up after me when I continually find a way to screw things up.

Thank You Jesus, for your grace that overlooks the many messes I have made.

Thank You Jesus, for making me right with God even when I didn’t deserve it.

What do you think?  Hoping to hear from you on this one.

Am I way out of line on the analogy?


About Stan Rodda

Follower. Husband. Father. Shepherd. Apostle. Husker.

Posted on June 3, 2010, in Church, discipleship, disciplines, God, Leadership, pastors, the basics, worldview. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. If I said this was good food for thought, would that be gross?

  2. You are not way out of line. I am continually making messes and like a good “owner” he keeps cleaning up after me. I am glad he is not like many dog owners though who know their dogs poop in my yard and elsewhere and make no effort to clean up after them. I’m really not into my messes being left around for all to step in.

  3. I like the analogy. Sometimes dogs even eat their own poo (to hide or take care of their sins), but it eventually comes back, may be worse than before.

  4. Craig Phillips

    I would go a step further, maybe, and say that anytime we try to take something into our own hands and do it alone we are in danger of ending up with a pile of crap. It doesn’t always happen that way, but more often than not, that’s the result.

  5. Robyn Anselmi

    Our sin is just as disgusting … even more so. We’d like to believe that ours doesn’t stink, but how it does!

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