Faith and Hope, Water and Soap;
And What the Heck is an Agitator?
How many of you can relate to the following story?
Saturday morning arrives, and
mounds of laundry along with it. You have just returned home
from a short trip to the in-laws. Although the trip was only a
few days long, you would never know it by the mounds of dirty
clothes waiting to be washed in the hamper. You load a
bundle of laundry in the machine, put in the soap, turn on the
water, and close the lid. Shortly afterward, you notice
something is not working here. You open the lid again, only to
notice the machine isn't churning. You call the repairman
who, upon inspecting the machine tells you that your agitator
isn't working properly. Your response is, WHAT THE HECK
IS AN AGITATOR? The repairman tells you that the agitator
is the part of the machine that works your soap and water
through the clothes. Ahh, so that's what an agitator is.
An agitator stirs things up, works through the mix
and gets the things clean. That washing machine needs the
agitator to get the clothes clean, water and soap alone won't
do it, there has to be a stirring up of the soap and water to
get the stains and filth out. The same is true for our lives. If we
claim salvation, but never work it through our lives, we
stagnate in our ways. We never get those old habits out of
our lives, we simply let them soak with us, and that just
makes for dirty water.
So what is the agitator in our spiritual lives?
The Holy Spirit, that thing which brings the voice of Jesus up
in our hearts and motivates us to do what we should is our
agitator. The part of us that tells us to get out and volunteer
and give of ourselves, that part that says to abstain from our
sinful past, that part that reminds us to praise God everyday
for His goodness. That is the Holy Spirit. God's voice in our
hearts, our whispering conscience that stirs our souls and
makes us want to obey Him, to do works for him, to love our
brothers, to tithe and give our all for Jesus name sake.
Faith and hope live in us and
unless we allow it to work through us, and we put ourselves to
work for Him, it will not grow. Isn't our biggest mission to
spread His love and His message to the world? If we live our
lives with the attitude of I am saved, yet we don't tune in to the
Holy Spirit, we aren't really living for God, are we? There is
more to salvation than simply accepting the gift. There is a
responsibility that comes with it, which becomes more and
more a joy, and less a responsibility once we come to know
Christ. Living a life that witnesses through our deeds, and
spreading the message of Jesus with others is something all
of us as Christians need to be doing. I don't say this to be
lecturing to all of those reading, but more of a reminder to
myself and you all that our gift of salvation should kindle in us
a desire to do what our Lord wants us to do. One of those
things is to share the gospel.
I hope this silly little analogy makes you
smile. And I hope it motivates you to listen and do that which
the Holy Spirit is telling you that you should. Now whether that
is abandoning old habits that are sinful, or whether it is
serving your community in missions, or whether it is simply
getting up and going to church on Sundays mornings, that is
for you to interpret. I know I've got some work to do, now that I
have heard my agitator.
[ by: Robin Eaton -- submitted by: Robin Eaton (firstname.lastname@example.org) ]
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