No, no littering. Trash welcome. Dump trash here…those were a few other titles considered for this week’s blog. No this is not a rant against conservation/environmental issues. This article has nothing to do with the tons of garbage we spew into the landfills, oceans, or anywhere else. Which might leave one a bit baffled as to what I mean about littering…so let me ‘splain.
Throw, put off, lay down, cast, drop, leave it behind, discard…those words and concepts are found throughout Scripture. What are we to let go of? Fear, anxiety, sin, the old self, anger, wrath, malice…and the list goes on. We’re told to cast them on Him…turn away from (repent)…we often use the phrase – leave it at the foot of the cross, or the feet of Jesus. However, you state it…God’s asking us to litter, in a sense. Stop holding on to the crud, the hindrances, the chains that bind us, the weights that slow us down…throw them down and enjoy the freedom He has granted us through His grace and mercy. In God’s economy…there are no fines for leaving your trash behind.
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 ESV)
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:12 ESV)
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (1 John 4:18 ESV)
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices (Colossians 3:8-9 ESV)
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22 ESV)