Trash Night

Monday night is trash night at my house.  Bright and early Tuesday morning, you can hear the sounds of the truck as the sanitation workers will descend on our neighborhood and begin the weekly process of collecting the trash.  So, on Monday night we go throughout the house and collect the trash from the individual rooms.  Once gathered, we dump the trash in the large collection can and then roll it to the street.  While taking the trash out is not my favorite chore, I am grateful there are a time and a way to remove it.  Without the weekly pickup, it could get pretty trashy and smelly at the house.  You just can’t let trash pile up.

In our daily living, it is easy to allow our sins to pile up in our lives.  In the book of Isaiah, the prophet confesses, “For our transgressions are piled up before You, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities.” (Isaiah 59:12) Isaiah reminded the people that their sin, left unconfessed and forgiven, would pile up, and lead to death.  Sin has a way of rotting and stinking up our lives when we don’t let it go.  None of us are free from sin.  While each day may be different, we continue to do those things which are not pleasing to God.  The scriptures teach us that “all have sinned and fallen short of God.” (Romans 3:23) Even the best of the followers of Jesus continue to stumble in sin.

This is why we need confession in our lives.  Daily we have to acknowledge our sinfulness, confess our wrongs, and then trust them to God’s grace and forgiveness.  When we fail to recognize our sin and confess them to God, then we allow them to pile up in our lives which can create quite a mess.  Confession is like taking out the trash.  When we confess our sins, God’s grace removes the sin and sets us free.  As the apostle John would remind us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (John 1:9)

The amazing thing about God’s grace is that there is no single sin or no pile of sin that God cannot remove from our lives.  Regardless of how much our sin piles up or how much we feel as though we are beyond redemption, God’s grace will always be greater.  As Paul would write to the Romans, “Where sin abounds, grace abounds much more.” (Romans 5:20) In confession, we open ourselves up to God’s grace and the richness of God’s love.  Grace and love that can change our lives, restore our lives, renew our lives, and lead us into a fresh beginning.

If the trash needs to be taken out, then let us do it today and tomorrow, because God is there to pick it up every day.

dirty trash containers near green park
Photo by Quang Nguyen Vinh on

Published by Dr. Philip W. Turner

Since 1991 I have had the joy of serving as Pastor of Pine Street Baptist Church in the community of Oregon Hill in Richmond, Virginia. The people I have met a long the way have inspired me in my daily ministry. I have truly been blessed.

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