There’s an old saying in the field of computer programming, “garbage in, garbage out.” This phrase is used to express the idea that input directly affects the quality of the output. What makes this saying particularly useful is its universal application as a general life principle. What we put in determines what we get out.
A few Sundays ago, we looked at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew, specifically on how our identity and purpose (as the salt and the light) defines how we should live for God. One of the best ways we can effectively live for Christ is by becoming more Christ-like, taking on the very nature of Jesus Christ. Although this change happens primarily through the assistance and power of the Holy Spirit, it also depends largely on our own efforts.
We need to make sure we’re getting the right “input”, focusing on the things we need to increase our faith and renew our hearts and minds in becoming more like our Lord and Savior. We need to practice spiritual disciplines, like reading the word of God and praying consistently. Our outward expression of our faith starts with a commitment for an inward change. I’m reminded of Matthew 6:22-23 where our Lord talks about how the things we see affects our spiritual condition.
the eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
We live in a fast-paced world that’s full of distractions, of things that vie for our time, our energy, and our attention. We’re all aware, for lack of a better term, of the byproducts of our secular and sinful world. It’s no exaggeration to say that much of what we’re exposed to, what we see and consume on a daily basis, is the kind of “garbage” that might negatively affect the way we live for Christ. If we want to be Christians that produce good fruits in walking the Christian walk of faith, then we need to make sure we’re getting the right input. Let’s motivate ourselves to fill our hearts and minds with the things of God.