Yesterday I cleaned out the refrigerators at church. I filled two garbage bags with junk that has been left in them over time. There were old bagels from a Sunday school breakfast in March, cookies from a coffee hour in June, about ten bottles of flat soda left over from various youth group meetings, some half used sticks of butter from our Mother-Daughter Banquet and too many other things to mention here.
That's the problem with our church kitchen. It is used by a lot of people but there is no one in charge of keeping it clean. When there is no control, there will be a mess. I think the same thing is true in our lives. We have the freedom to do anything we want. But somewhere along the way we need to take responsibility for our actions or else we will end up with a lot of garbage to sort through.
God understands that better than anyone and that is why he came into the world. He came to be our savior, to clean up the mess and to restore us to our original condition.
If you checked out our refrigerators now, you would be impressed. They are almost like new. So it is with us when we put our faith and trust in Christ.