My son plays a game in P.E. class called “Get Your Trash Out of My Yard.” Basically, the teacher divides the class into two groups, numerous dodge balls are thrown out, and groups must get the balls (trash) out of their yard as quickly as possible. When time runs out on the clock, the group with the least amount of trash in their yard is the winner.
This game got me thinking about God’s grace and how He chooses “winners” Isn’t it a relief that being accepted and loved by God looks absolutely nothing like the frantic game above.
Yet, we turn it into that kind of “game” sometimes. We falsely hold onto the belief that we must first clean up our junk before God will proclaim us the winners. We frantically run around trying to do.
A few moments in Scripture came to mind this morning as I thought more about this:
“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. Mark 10: 51-52
And then, what about Peter? He had some serious debris scattered all over his yard. He had the “worst kind”…the I don’t even know You debris.
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” John 21: 15-17
Do any of these episodes in Scripture reflect a Savior who was counting the items of trash in our yard and condemning us for our inadequacies?
We serve a God who has this amazing ability to look beyond the outward appearance and address the heart of the matter.
Stop trying to get rid of the trash. Instead…just dump your heart at His feet.
He is faithful to take care of the rest!
Psalm 149: 4 For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.