Have you ever had an inspirational idea come to you when you were in an unusual place? Some of my most interesting thoughts are revealed to me in unpredictable circumstances. In fact, the other day an intriguing analogy occurred to me while in the restroom. Now, do not ask why this occurred in the restroom, but I supposed God uses any chance to open our eyes; even a bathroom.
I was pondering forgiveness and the cross, when it hit me. In my own experiences I have a difficult time with the issues of forgiveness and grace. So, as I was in the bathroom before my class, I figured out that we can compare sin, the process of forgiveness and grace to using the bathroom. Sin contaminates our bodies, hearts and souls. If we do not get rid of the sin in our lives, we will die because sin causes death. Bodily waste is the equivalent of sin. It is dirty and ultimately if kept inside of us, we will die. How do we get rid of this waste then? In order to rid our bodies of waste, we must use the bathroom regularly. After when have used the bathroom we flush the toilet and never see our waste again. Forgiveness is like a toilet.
Because we are sinners we need God’s forgiveness constantly. Every time we sin, we need to ask God to forgive us in order to live. Each day we must continuously go to the cross and ask God to rid us of this evil waste we call sin. Again and again we go to God, just like the bathroom, and we ask; and each time we ask, God flushes the toilet and our sins are seen no more. By flushing our sins in the toilet, God gives us grace. Grace comes with a cost.
The cost of receiving grace is admitting we need God to rid us of our sins. Sometimes we fail to admit our need because of several reasons. One reason is simply due to pride. In our minds we tell ourselves we can do things by ourselves and we do not need to depend on anyone else. Pride builds a wall between us and God; and in the end it will cost us greatly. Another factor is fear. Throughout life we are all controlled, somehow or another, by fears. We fear that if we put our trust and need in God, he will fail us. We also fear if we ask for forgiveness too often, God will not forgive us the next time we ask. These fears cloud our minds and we fail to ask and admit. Despite these apprehensions, we must admit our need to be forgiven and simply ask for our slates to be wiped clean. Would we refuse to go to the bathroom if we needed to? In all likely-hood, we would not do that. We simply recognize the logical human need of using the restroom and we follow through with out hesitation. Shouldn’t going to the Father and asking to be forgiven be the same? Think of the weight-lifting experiences we could all have if we put aside our pride, fears and apprehensions and went directly to the Source. The suitcases that pile in our hearts and our efforts of trying to dispose our sins would be eliminated. The frustrations and tears would be gone and the forgiveness would overflow from the cross.
How badly do you need to use "God's Bathroom?" How much contaminating sin do you need to get rid of? Is it worth setting aside your pride, fears and apprehensions? It will cost you because forgiveness takes and gives humility; however, if you withhold yourself from being forgiven, it will ultimately separate you from God. So, the next time you go to use the restroom, admit your sins, ask God to forgive your sins and let Him flush them down the toilet.