Sunday, January 3, 2016
Guest Writer-Sue Miller-The New Year-Removing the Dross From Our Lives
Another year has passed and we are now in the second day of 2016. Not only is it a new year, it is a new beginning for all of us. It is a chance to try and get it right, again!
However, many of us try on our own to “get it right” and then find that there is something that sets us off course. I call it “dross”.
Proverbs 25:4 says, “Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
So, what is this dross? Dross is the unwanted material or scum that is removed from a mineral, such as silver or gold, to make it better. We might want to look at dross as the things in our lives that our inferior and make us impure. Much of that dross is what we call, “sin”.
Dross can manifest in many ways, as: pride, selfishness, greed, gluttony, lust, laziness, gluttony, insecurity, gossip….the list goes on. It’s impossible to deal with these things on our own. So, what is the answer or, shall I say, who is the answer?
The answer is God. Our lives have value to Him. He has a plan and a purpose for all of us. He has given us gifts, talents and unlimited opportunities as part of the plan. However, we often mess up and fall short of what God has called us to do. We lose that joy and sense of accomplishment that he wants us to have.
As I said earlier, God has had a plan for all of us before the beginning of time. He knows we are full of dross. He is continually refining us. However, there is one extremely important part of the refining process. That is the refiner, or shall I say, redeemer.
Malachi 3:3 says, “He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness.”
This refiner is Yeshua, Jesus, the Messiah. He is our redeemer. He who was sinless, paid the price. He took our sins upon Him. His blood was poured out for us. He is the only one who can clean up the dross. He is the only way to Adonai, Father God.
Do you really want a new year with a new start? It is truly possible. Get down on your knees and humbly ask God for forgiveness of your sins. Ask Yeshua into your life as Lord and Savior. Ask Him for the answers. He will answer if you truly listen. It’s time, give Him the dross.
A Blessed New Year and Shalom-