Um, yes. This can be a messy, stinky, nasty subject. But it is a reality of life!
From the moment of birth until the day of death, it’s something you have to deal with daily! Physically as well as spiritually.
Think about it – there are waste products that daily impact our lives and the lives around us that come from living in a broken, fallen world – and from being broken and sinful ourselves.
Thankfully the Lord has given us three precious gifts to help us deal with this. But if you don’t know about them, if you don’t take advantage of them actively applying them in your life – it won’t take long until things get really crappy!
So processing poop is a key area that needs to be addressed when you are following someone up. And in truth, if someone hasn’t learned how to do this or isn’t regularly doing this, even in discipleship you have to make it a priority!
GIFT #1: Jesus!
Because of Jesus, once someone has entered into a relationship with Him and put their trust in Him they are clean – even on their worst day! Because of Jesus God never sees us as a poopy mess! We are told in 1 John 1:7, that “the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s son, cleanses us from all sin.” Did you catch that? ALL sin! And just in case that’s not enough, He stresses this again in 1 Peter 3:18, Hebrews 9:28, and Romans 6:10! Jesus didn’t just die for the sins we committed before entering into a relationship with Him, but for ALL of them!
But because we don’t see the way He sees, He also gives us…
GIFT #2: Confession
Confession is simply agreeing with the Lord that we were wrong! He promises us in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just, to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Now God gives us His very great and precious promises so we’ll take Him up on them! If you don’t, it’s like getting a bunch of checks for your birthday you never cash! Do you ever miss out!
I don’t know about you – but I sin every single day! Even without trying to! But it’s so easy to just move on, as if it didn’t happen and not deal with it. That, my friends, is like dropping a load every day and never flushing the toilet! Even though the Lord sees me as clean and Jesus has paid the penalty for all I’ve done, it won’t take long until that stench starts impacting me!
But what’s worse, in Luke 7:47 Jesus makes it clear that those who are forgiven little, love little. Now it’s not that there are people out there who just don’t sin much – it’s that without confession, without actively experiencing the Lord forgiving you, it’s so easy to not realize how much you’ve been forgiven – and miss out on appreciating Jesus even more and growing in loving Him more because of this!
You see, when I take the time daily to confess my sins, agreeing with Jesus I’ve blown it, that I am wrong, not only do I have the satisfaction of experiencing Him cleansing my conscience, but I have the opportunity to grow in loving Him even more as I become increasingly aware of how desperately I need Him every single day!
Bet you never knew processing poop could yield such beauty?! :0)
But this doesn’t just happen!
We have to first understand how vital confession is – I need it for my conscience sake – or I am really a sitting duck for the enemy. But I also need to understand how it can help me grow in appreciating and loving the Lord more. This provides the necessary motivation for me to take the time to do this!
Then I need to know how to do it and come up with a plan for doing it. For myself, each night before I go to bed I take time to reflect on the day, asking the Lord to bring to mind ways I’ve blown it. As I write these down I agree with God I was wrong, and thank Jesus for paying the penalty for each sin I committed. I cannot begin to tell you how much better I feel and how much better I sleep after processing through this with Him.
(In the Heal section there is a story “The Princess and The Pig” illustrating the beauty of confession)
GIFT #3: Forgiveness
I’ll never forget when my son was an infant, I was sitting in the back of church when he had a total blow out! We were using cloth diapers at the time and let me just say, they weren’t too great at containing things. Yep! I ended up drenched!
Is that not a perfect picture of what sin can do – it doesn’t just impact the one sinning, but it sure can leak out and mess those around you. When that happens, when we are soiled by the sin of others, God’s gift of forgiveness is so vital for us to get clean.
Now in our culture forgiveness is treated way too lightly and inefficiently. When you have been negatively impacted by someone else’s sin you need to not just forgive them for what they did, but also for how it made you feel. If you look under the helps section you will find some great resources for how to help someone truly learn how to forgive. This is a KEY area that people have to learn about to survive in this broken world. Honestly, this is something you want to excel in – daily! Please note this is a key thing Jesus teaches His disciples when they ask Him how to pray!
And you know, each time I have to forgive someone, I’m reminded how costly it was for Jesus to forgive me. So here too, processing poop yields beauty!
Don’t let it pile and defile!