Not Afraid To Get Messy

March 23, 2016

I always enjoyed getting dirty. Whether it was instigating mud fights in the back yard, stomping in deep puddles in the driveway, or getting elbow deep in cookie dough in the kitchen, my childhood consisted of many baths and lots of stain remover. Still today I enjoy a good hike in the mud or diving into the biggest, messiest burger I can find. It’s even more fun when I have a partner in crime to get messy with.

Sometimes I find myself in a mess that is not so much fun to be in. I’m talking about the kind of mess that goes deeper than surface level, whether that be spiritual, relational, or emotional. These kind of messes are the kind I want to get out of right away and jump into the nearest bath that I can find. But sometimes I get stuck in the mud and I need help to get out.

Thankfully, Jesus isn’t afraid of getting messy. He is willing to jump in and meet me in whatever mess I find myself in.

“And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’” -Mark 2:17

Our Savior isn’t one who stands on the edge of the pit and watches us struggle to get out before He takes our hand. No, He dives in and gets dirty with us and walks alongside us the whole way out. Even when we are not looking for a way out, He is there to lead us.

“When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried and came down and received Him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, ‘He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.’ And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’” -Luke 19:5-10

Not only does Jesus never hesitate to get messy, He doesn’t care what other people will think about Him when He does get some dirt in his shoes. What would it look like if we, as Christ-followers, weren’t afraid to get messy with the people around us? What would happen if we showed others that we didn’t care about our reputation, but instead we cared for their souls?

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” -John 15:4

The only way that we can have the courage and strength to get out of the messes that we find ourselves in is by abiding in the One who holds all things in His hands. By abiding in Him and finding strength in His Word, we have the ability to not only get out of our messes but also jump in and help pull others out of the mud pit they find themselves in as well. What a privilege that is!

But be assured, there is one who does not want us to get out of that mess.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” -1 Peter 5:8

When we become attentive to the needs of others, motivated and passionate about serving them and helping them get out of their messes, Satan will rear his ugly head and tempt us with doubts, fears, and distractions. Guilt and shame is from the enemy, but when we let go of those accusations, taking our eyes off our own flaws to set them on God’s powerful grace, that is when His power and mercy shines through us. Friends, we must cling to the Vine!

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have comes that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10

Our God is greater, so much greater than any mess we might find ourselves in. Next time you find some dirt under your nails, look to the Savior, the One who is extending His hand to help you get out. He doesn’t hesitate to jump into the mud, but neither will He stay there. Will you?


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