When we lived near San Francisco, California, our home was only two blocks from the cliffs on the ocean beach. Every year storms came through that caused erosion of these cliffs. Many homes had been built on these cliffs which had spectacular views. As the years went by, some beautiful homes crumbled into the ocean, as well as the roads that went down the coast, because of the gradual erosion that took place over the years.
Erosion of the spiritual temple in our souls can also be worn away by ungodly pressures, culture and bad habits we allow to influence us. In 1 Corinthians 10, Paul gives the example of Israel who turned to idolatry and grumbling that caused their “destruction” (10:10). He uses this example to give the warning; “Let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” (10:12).
I am sure that many who bought those homes with a beautiful view, never anticipated their homes crashing into the ocean. Likewise, the most dangerous place we can be in as a Christian is thinking we are doing well and need nothing (Revelation 3:17). You may not realize that erosion has taken a serious toll on your mind and heart. It happens slowly, almost without our noticing.
Because of this serious danger, Paul says, “But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:27). Remember, erosion is a slow process in the soul that usually is only recognized by those who spiritually care for you. Let them speak truth into your conscience to stop the erosion and start rebuilding.
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