Because going to the dentist is not my favorite thing to do and honestly I can’t afford it, I hardly ever go. Years ago I was told that I was on the verge of having cavities and I never had them looked at again. Today I finally visited the dentist to get some work done. By the end of the visit I was humbled by the fact that I actually need quite a bit of work done. Now I am left wondering how I can get everything fixed on our budget. Had I simply gotten those things taken care of when they were first identified years ago I would not be in this position.
I think the Christian life is a lot like that. At times in our lives a flaw or sin is brought to our attention. Sometimes by a message, sometimes by a friend, sometimes it may even be a spouse or family member. Regardless of how our sin becomes exposed there is something very important that must happen. It must be confessed and addressed. If it is not taken care of it will begin to decay our lives and the problem grows and grows until serious and painful procedures need to take place in order to clean it up. If only we would take care of business as it is presented to us.
I think of the Psalmist David when he prayed “Search me oh God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:24-25 ESV
In a sense he is getting a spiritual dental check-up. He is asking God to examine his heart and his life. We too must ask him to reveal any grievous parts of our hearts and lives. God wants us to deal with sin when it arises. If we don’t…you will have to pay. You will experience more pain, more discomfort, and more anxiety. Even then, you can turn things around. But it is much, much easier if you take care of it early on.
For me…I still have to get some work done, physically & spiritually. How about you?