Today, I had the lovely task of cleaning our aquarium. The fish are healthy and look great, but the aquarium had some algae, mold, and some slime near the filter. How do my fish look so good amongst that filth? Better yet, do you know someone who looks like they are great but inside they are filthy? In today’s society, it is easy to meet people who look a certain way and yet are not that way at all. Let me give some illustrations. Please note that the photos are from google.com. I did not take pictures of my own aquarium.
I don’t know about you, but I want to look like the top aquarium, but I must admit that sometimes the bottom aquarium comes on in me. Hey, life happens! However, it is how you handle life that determines the beauty that is or is not you.
Let’s say the fish represent us. In both aquariums, the fish look great. They are swimming and seem unaware of their surroundings. What if I (a Christian) am affected by algae, fish poop, slime, or mold? Well, I “may” seem to have my act together, but my life might be shambles. I “may” have a great home, a decent job, and a happy marriage. However, I may be battling a disease, have a friend who has turned to foe, etc. Would these events, or any event in your life, eventually drag you down? The simple answer is: YES! After a while, that negativity that encompasses my thoughts will start to take over my life, including my actions. Then, that algae and poop may come spewing out of my mouth.
It says in Matthew 15: 17-18 says, “Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.…”.
Interesting, going through the mouth is NOT the problem, but the heart can be. So, if my heart is a mess, what will happen to me? Well, my words, my actions, my thoughts, my lifestyle will change and become a muddy, slimy, pit of poop! That may seem gross, but it is true.
As a Christian, we NEVER know when we are being watched. It is important that EVERY aspect of our life reflect our relationship with Jesus Christ. I can NOT let crud into my heart, because I will spew it out. I pray everyday to be a blessing, but I can not be a blessing if my heart is in the wrong place.
So, how do I become the clean aquarium? First, clean up your thoughts. Phillipians 4: 8-9 says, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you”.
I need to dwell on so many things in order to be a true witness for Christ. I don’t want to be a good looking fish (follower of Christ) surrounded in a murky and slimy life. I want to be a good looking fish (follower of Christ) surrounded by cleanliness. I need clean thoughts, actions, and most importantly, words.
So, how clean is your aquarium? Do you say or think unpure things? If so, I encourage you to pray the passage from Phillipians and work on making your aquarium clean. If your aquarium is clean, then pray that it remains that way. Don’t let yourself be weighed down by people or things that will add filth. “If” you work somewhere where murkiness lies, then pray for those in that place, and pray that the light of Christ will shine through you so much so that the enemy does not have a chance of creeping in.
May we all be a blessing to others. I know that I work on having a clean aquarium on a daily basis. Do you?
In God’s love,