What if the IRS scandal were a reflection of the internal affairs of my own soul?
What would happen if THE Inspector General of ALL inspector generals investigated the behind-closed-door events taking place within my heart?
Would He be disappointed with the way I am representing Him?
Would He find reckless spending of the gifts He has given to me to use to serve others?
Would He find me wasting His time on frivolous pleasures?
Would He find me doing my own thing, refusing to fulfill the purpose He created me for?
Would He find me abusing the authority He has entrusted to me?
Would He find me withholding His kindness to those who are not in sync with my worldview? Hanging heavy legalisms around their necks and not lifting one finger to help them, impeding their way to freedom?
Would he find me living a double standard…pointing out the needs in others’ lives and allowing exceptions for myself?
Would He find me refusing to face the truth of my condition as it is exposed… refusing to admit indiscretions….always pleading the 5th…to avoid self-incrimination in an attempt to protect self?
Would He find me defending my inappropriate actions because of circumstances or pressure from those whom I fear?
Would he find me excusing myself because, after all, everyone else is doing it?
Would He find me full of the cancer of moral corruption?
Would He find me a true and faithful servant, or would He find me a wicked, lazy servant?
Would it be wise of Him to allow me to inspect myself, judge myself, try myself, save myself?
Would He find me trying to fix myself while covering myself, or would he find me admitting my failures and asking for help?
Would He find me hard and unyielding, or would He find me repentant and compliant?
Lord, clean up the mess, inside and out!
2 Chronicles 7:14
English Standard Version (ESV)
14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will
forgive their sin and heal their land.
The Message (MSG)
16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son.
And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a
whole and lasting life.God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an
accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right
again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted;anyone who refuses to trust him has long
since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s
failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
19-21 “This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women
everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really
interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial
and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone
working and living in truth and reality welcomesGod-light so the work can be seen for the
God-work it is.”