“I figured out why I’m fat!
“The shampoo I use in the shower that runs down my body says, ‘for extra volume and body.’ I’m going to start using Dawn dish soap. It says, ‘dissolves fat that is otherwise difficult to remove.'”
My (Dawn’s) Facebook Friend, Debbi Eggleston, posted that on Facebook. (I tried, without success, to find the original author. ) But I laughed a lot and I may rub on some of that Dawn to see if it works!
Another Debbi posting: “Move over, Weight Watchers; there is a new way to lose weight. It’s the ‘I can’t afford to buy groceries to feed myself, because I just filled my gas tank’ diet.”
Speaking of weight, did you hear about the woman at the scale manufacturer’s convention? People often wanted to weigh themselves on different scales to see if they agreed. However some visitors abstained, not wishing to advertise their weight. A smooth-talking representative coaxed a woman onto his scale by promising her that he would not look, and that she could even cover the digital display so only she could see her weight.
She finally stood on the scale, whereupon a loud, mechanical voice from within the machine announced, “One hundred and sixty-three.” *
Can you imagine her horror?
Whether they’re old-fashioned or new and digital, I don’t like to step on scales these days. In fact, at the doctor’s office today, while the nurse patiently waited, I started taking off everything I decently could before I stepped on the scales. It didn’t help that I’d eaten a heavy breakfast right before.
I have often wondered what it would be like if we stepped onto a scale that weighed our lives ~ God’s scale of holiness. It would be one thing to see the results ourselves, and no doubt embarrassing to have someone else see and record the data. But what if, like that mechanical voice at the convention, God’s scale started announcing our personal “sins and weights” (Hebrews 12:1a) or how we are not measuring up to His perfect standard?
Can you imagine the horror?
“Sister ABC has a serious problem with jealousy.” “Brother HIJ is an undisciplined glutton.” “Sister MNO is selfish and terribly proud.” “Brother XYZ has a vile, impure mind.”
We wouldn’t want others to hear that, would we? Maybe we wouldn’t want to hear it, ourselves.
But the truth is, God does have a scale that announces our sins and bad habits to our conscience, if we will listen to His voice. God speaks through His Word and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. He wants us to know our problems more than most of us want to hear about them.
It’s rare for Christians these days to earnestly pray, “Show me my heart, Lord. Show me my sin. Spirit of God, help me clearly see my thoughts.” That was David’s prayer in Psalm139:23-24: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me…” (HCSB). And Job prayed, “Make me recognize and know my transgression and my sin.” (Job 13:23, Amplified)
As God shows us our sins, we must confess them (stop rationalizing or covering up, and agree with Him that they are sin). He is faithful to forgive those sins and purify us (1 John 1:9). After He blots out our sins (Isaiah 43:25; Psalm 103:12), we pray for God to teach us His ways so we can move forward in grace, living for him with an undivided heart (Psalm 86:11).
It may be scary to step onto God’s perfect scale of holiness, but it’s comforting to know that Jesus died to secure our forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 3:18). He met the perfect standard that we could never meet ~ and He is our substitute. But we won’t be free from sin until we die or Jesus returns. Every day we step on God’s scale (in Bible reading and connection through prayer) is a day God can show us how far we still fall short, and He calls us to repentance and daily cleansing.
How wonderful to rest in the grace of God. How wonderful to be forgiven! (Psalm 32:1)