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Friday, August 06, 2010

Don't Just Clean, Organize

Sometimes simple, recognizable images can convey a message more powerfully than words. When Jesus talks about the evil spirit coming back to find the home clean and well swept, that's a good image. But seeing a mess that has been cleaned is powerful. Then, if we take what Jesus said to be advice we see that he's telling us to not just avoid evil, but to replace evil with good in our lives. Don't just clean up the mess, organize it and make it work for good.
"When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation." Matthew 12:43-45

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