While cleaning my old fashioned kerosene lamp, I thought of a children's
object lesson on sin.
brought the lamp to church, all shiny and
clean, replaced the glass globe, and lit the wick. I talked about how this light
represented the light of Jesus in our hearts for all to see. I slowly
turned up the wick so the glass became sooty and black.
The soot, I explained, represents the sin that creeps into our lives such as bad language, stealing, lying,
not spending time with God, teasing and things that hurt others. We
may try to wipe it away from the outside by promising to do better, but the dirt
remains deep in our hearts. Now our light is so dull, it is
barely visible for others to see that we are Christians; we can't shine for Jesus. The only way to clean this sin away is to ask Jesus to
forgive us, and to ask others to forgive us too.