I took a deep breath. Ugh! The air in the garage didn’t exactly smell like chestnuts roasting on an open fire. The pungent odor hit my nostrils like a sledgehammer. I had to find the source of this aromatic disturbance before my wife and daughters went insane. So I sorted through the items in my garage until I had pinpointed the problem. The odor turned out to be a decomposing rat which had been trapped inside the canister of our vacuum cleaner. I didn’t realize this until I opened the canister and took a deep breath. I soon wished I hadn’t because the stench was awful up close.

Even worse than the stench of a dead rat is the odor of our sin. We tend to think only we can smell the strong scent, but it affects everyone who comes near us. The only way to remove this is to remove its source. The Bible says sin emanates from our corrupt hearts (Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 15:19). Since we cannot remove our hearts, there are only two things which may remedy our dilemma: (1) we can trust in Jesus Christ to pay for all of our sins and give us the power to overcome sin in our lives; or (2) after we are saved we can confess our sins to receive forgiveness and cleansing so we can be restored to fellowship with the Lord. Only when sin is dealt with will the stench be removed. Then we can have a “white” Christmas.

Most people try to be at least a little nicer to one another this time of year, but this cannot remove the awful stench of sin. Regardless of how many gifts you purchase or receive, they will not expunge the odor of your sins. Only when you accept the gift of God by faith will the rotten, smelly corpse be addressed. Have you put your trust in the Son of God for the forgiveness of your sins? If you are already a believer, have you confessed your sins to God? Then your dreams of a white Christmas can come true.

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Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.