Clogged Up

Opening up the dishwasher to find that nothing is clean is frustrating.  I had noticed over the past few weeks that more and more things were not getting completely clean.  Then there was the other morning when I opened up and found nothing was clean.  What was going on?  I began to run diagnostics on the machine.  I knew water was coming in.  I knew that water was draining.  There was something wrong with the circulation pressure.  The wash arms were not spinning.  In fact, there was no water even coming through the center and upper arm.  I just knew the pump was shot!  I looked up pump prices and cried a little.  To replace the pump was half the cost of a new machine.  I listened again and heard a familiar sound.  I had heard this before with the pool pump and thought an impeller was broken.  After completely unhooking the machine I drug it out into the middle of the floor to get a better view of things.  I removed the entire pump assembly and began to investigate.  What I found next was both disturbing and disgusting.  It looked something like this:

clogged_screen  After much cleaning and rinsing, I was able to put it all back together, with the obvious extra screw, and turned it back on.  The swishing sound was almost melodic and brought back memories of when we purchased it new.  The next morning I opened up the washer to find everything absolutely clean and ready for use.

How often our lives get clogged up.  We can have spiritual flow going in and flow going out but there just isn’t any power.  Have you felt like that before?  You go to church, work at the food closet, help with homeless shelter, teach Bible class, help the poor, etc but there seems to be something missing.  We are tired.  We are cranky.  We expect to feel different.  Why is that not happening?

It very well could be that  your screens are all clogged.  We can fill our lives with spiritual music, phrases, life sayings, devotionals, and books but not have power to do that which we are called and designed to do.  We can even drain our lives through missions and ministries but not accomplish what we are designed to do.  Like a dishwasher, you were designed with a purpose.  The washer is supposed to wash the dishes.  Some might argue it is actually more like rinse and sanitize, but the point is that filling up with water and draining water is not the main purpose.  Your life is not designed by God to just be filled with spiritual stuff, whether sappy or solid.  Your life is not designed to just drain out onto the public sayings, clichés, etc.  Your life is designed with something else in mind.  Filling and draining are requirements of them main purpose.  What is my purpose on this Earth?  (No, that is not a plug for Rick Warren though he does  make a point and you can read that here.)

1.  Glorify God.  We are to live in such a way as to cause God to be treated more excellently than would normally be considered. (Isaiah 61:3)

2.  Live holy lives.  In other words we are to live up to the standard for which we have been made.  We are created in God’s image.  We are recreated at the moment of faith.  Now it is time to act in that capacity. (1 Peter 1:13-16)

3.  Make disciples.  We have the unique opportunity to spiritually produce.  As we follow Christ we are to bring others on this journey.

While some of this is external, much is internal.  You know whether you have power (water pressure) or not.  You can mask it with spiritual inflow and outflow but without the main purpose being accomplished all that will fail.  We need proper spiritual flow but sometimes our lives bet clogged up with the stresses and pains of this world.  For this reason Jesus said and I leave you with…

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things will be provided for you.
34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow,
because tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own

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