Ahhh . . . The splendid, savory and half fermented reminder of yesterday's daily intakes of sustenance. You weren't able to brush your teeth last night and now your pretty white pearlies are lightly carpeted, like the slimy layer of an unkept fish tank. On top of that, your breath now smells like hot-putrid-milk for some reason. “Did I even drink milk yesterday!?”.
You can't help but resist the urge to smile or talk to anyone, knowing that if you do, your dirty little secret might escape through your slimy teeth and crawl its way up through someone's nose hairs, forcefully convincing their brain that, you are in fact . . . disgusting. . . (I promise this is going somewhere)
It recently occurred to me during a youth lock in, how similar teeth maintenance is to our day to day walk with Christ. Just like our grimy teeth, we ourselves, need regular cleansing.
Not a day goes by that we don't sin on some level, be it something quick and unnoticeable, or something we're very aware of, something we struggle with on a daily basis. One way or another, we need to correct our path back into line with Christ. Christ alone is able to forgive us and cleanse us of our sins.
Paul puts it this way in Romans 7:23-25:
"but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin."
Most of us brush our teeth twice a day. Do we go to Christ in prayer as often as we brush our teeth? Are we more comfortable with sin staining our daily walk with our eternal Creator, than we are with coffee stains on our shiny ivory's?
A shiny, holy and righteous walk is fully dependant on our direct and constant communication with the source of holiness and righteousness. My favorite example in the scriptures of this consider Daniel, who prayed three times daily, (which you can read about in Daniel chapter 6) not always in confession of sins of course, but I imagine Daniel must have gone to bed, right and feeling clean before God every night after prayer, much like we do with our teeth.
Are you right with God today? Are your teeth clean?