Stuck in the Mud and Feeling Bogged Down? Part 1

Sunday October 2, 2011

By Lupe Diaz – Pastor, Grace Chapel Benson

 

 

When we were kids we found a area of mud that accumulated near our home after the monsoon rains. We started walking along the edges of the mud pit. Then realized that there was a layer of this mud sticking to the bottoms of our shoes. The more we walked on it the thicker and heavier it got. They got so heavy that we decided to run races with all of this mud on our shoes. Just to see who could go the furthest with all that weight on our shoes. We were bogged down and couldn’t walk very well much less run.

What we don’t realize is that the same thing happens with us as we walk through life. We pick up attitudes and we get involved in things we are not supposed to and we get spiritually bogged down.

It is amazing how sins and the things that weigh us down can stick to us and we don’t realize what is happening. We just don’t feel that bad but then again we know something is wrong and we start accepting things as normal.

In Mark 7:21 Jesus tells us what kind of things can really bog us down and make it hard on us.

21For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:23All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. KJV

 

To be defiled is to be unclean. Much like the mud build up on the feet of us kids. What is needed is a foot, shoe and pant washing. As I was thinking about the mud on the pants I thought about my mothers job in having to clean shoes and pants, once the mud dried and fell off. Now what did Jesus say about those of us that get bogged down.

 

Jesus was washing the disciples feet; Peter refused to be washed by Jesus. Jesus said that if He did not wash his fee that he would have no part in Him. Peter then told Jesus to wash Him completely. 

John 13:10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” NIV

 

Those who have been to God to be forgiven of their sins are already washed. What Jesus is talking about here is that fact that even though we know God and are living for him we will get our feet soiled. All we have to do is get our feet washed. The reason is that we have been walking in this world and we are picking up some mud, attitudes and ideas that need to be cleaned off of our feet.

That cleaning is done by allowing the word of God and Jesus to examine our hearts and our attitudes that we may have picked up in the places we have walked. Once we realize we need to have our feet washed then you are free from these things and are able to find freedom in living. If we don’t do this we will go around feeling bogged down, sluggish and even stuck in the mud.

It is a great feeling to be washed from all of the stuff we have picked up along the way. If you had an experience like this please tell me.

I would like to hear from you; We can start a list of little things that can stick in our lives and bog us down.

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