This summer I read through God’s Big Picture, Tracing the Storyline of the Bible.

The aim of this book is to

help Christians find their way around the Bible and to see how it all holds together and points us to Jesus.

The Bible obviously covers a great deal of ground. But there is one supreme subject that binds it together: Jesus Christ and the salvation God offers through Him. -Vaughn Roberts.

There are questions at the end of each brief chapter. One question I was struck by

How many of the 10 commandments have I obeyed?

I want to obey all of them, but if I break the first one, do the rest really matter?

Do not have other gods besides me. Exodus 20:3

I really do want to love God above anything or anyone. And didn’t Jesus say this is the greatest commandment? with the second loving our neighbor as ourself?

I often find myself praying that God would clean not only the dark closets of my heart but the nooks and crannies that no one sees. I am reminded of the volunteer work I did with Samaritan’s Purse with one of our jobs cleaning out a house that had flood waters in it up to the top of the cupboards. I found myself in the very back of a closet where boxes and boxes of stuff had to be cleaned out. I don’t want my heart to resemble that stinky, muddy mess but want it to be white as snow as only the blood of Jesus can do.

God in His goodness does answer this prayer as He continues to show me the idols that are hiding in the mud of my heart. Thank God for my rescuer Jesus Christ who has rescued me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to the kingdom of the Son He loves…where I have redemption, the forgiveness of my sins, in Him. (Colossians 1:13-14)