Friday, February 04, 2011

Commentary: Only What Is In Comes Out

Only What Is In Comes Out

Brushing your teeth is a common practice in many countries of the world.  So are the utensils for them: tooth brushes and tooth paste.  But, of course, there was a time when none of that existed.  Consider tooth paste.  The modern rendition is a relatively new invention; approximately 120 years.  The majority of us buy tooth paste in a tube that we squeeze to let the paste out.  Most of us do not even know what this tube is called, let alone its history.  (They are called collapsible tubes.)

Tooth paste did not always come in these tubes.  In fact the tubes were not originally used for tooth paste.  They were originally devised as reservoirs for oil paint.  This was to make it convenient for artists.  Eventually, the practice was adopted in some parts of Europe.  The son of an American dentist – who sold tooth paste in jars - saw how artists in France used these collapsible tubes.  When the young man returned to America, he suggested to his father to use these tubes for tooth paste.  The dentist heeded his son's advice and the new practice was an immediate success, till this day.  Of course there have been modifications since then:  what the tubes are made of and what they put in the tube.  But, pretty much the principle is the same.  A company fills out the tube with any paste, oil, lotion, cream or ointment.  The consumer opens the tube and squeezes the tube to let out what is in it. 

What most of us take for granted is that you can only squeeze out of the collapsible tube what is already inside.  In fact we expect that to be the case.  We expect, and take for granted, that what is on the label is what is inside, thus it will be what comes out. 

We are like collapsible tubes in a sense.  What is in us is what comes out.  This is what the following verses express from Matthew and Luke,

Mark7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Mark7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Mark7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Luke6:45 … for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

When evil is inside of us we will yield evil speech and deeds.  That is the problem with the human race.  We all have evil inside.  Paul stated this in Romans 3: 10 -12,

Romans 3: 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 3: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Romans 3: 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

And David stated in Psalm 51:5 that we are born and conceived this way,

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

The key is to flush out the Sin and refill it with goodness.  This is what The Holy Spirit does.  He flushes the evil out and refills us with Christ righteousness.  To do this the Holy Spirit may have to open the Spiritual "crimped side of the tube."  But after He is done flushing out the evil and refilling with goodness, He will re-crimp us.  So, when we are squeezed only good will come out of us.  For this to happen we must allow the Holy Spirit to do this.

When others look at you what label will they read?  Can they safely assume that what is on your label is what is inside?  When they squeeze you what will come out? 

Raul Diaz