I was sitting at my father-in-law’s desk tonight getting ready for a mega-meeting when I reached for what I thought was my drink. I got the bottle about half way to my mouth when I realized it was one of his spit (chewing tobacco) bottles. Thank goodness I caught it before I took a sip.
I remember as a child my dad used to dip, and I can count about half a dozen times that I drank out of his spit cup. If you have never done it before be grateful, because it will make you sicker than a dog. As I thought about how fortunate I was I started thinking about other things that we tend to consume that at first look thirst quenching, but behind the label of the bottle is a harmful substance. Sometimes we are aware of what we are drinking, but disguise it with fancy labels. This analogy reminds me of a passage in Matthew 23:
25 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! 26 You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish,[i] and then the outside will become clean, too.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be that “Hypocrite”. That is why it is so important that we daily check ourselves according to the Word of God. Otherwise we will end up like these Pharisees filthy, greedy, and self-indulged.
When was the last time you checked yourself?