by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” (James 1:21, NIV)
Today’s verse makes me think of the various ways we look at dirt. There is the kind of dirt we clean from our homes, cars, and bodies. There is the kind of dirt that refers to rumors and gossip. Then there is the kind of dirt we cultivate in our yards and gardens in order to grow trees, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. We see there are good, bad, and essential ways to think of dirt.
As James wrote about dirt, he quite clearly refers to the necessity of cultivating the soil of life so faith in God’s word can grow. This means we must allow Jesus to cleanse us from the dirt of sin he referred to as moral filth, and we must avoid the dirt of unfaithful living so the soul of living can be nutrient rich and dense enough to foster the growth of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Galatians 5:22).
Let God the good gardener cleanse you from the filth of life so you can live in the fertile soil of faith. This can save you, and even be used by God to help save others.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for cultivating the soil of faith within me so your spiritual fruit can grow. Forgive me for the times I welcome moral filth, so my life can be nourishing soil for your word planted within me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.