A Fly in the Ointment
September 21, 2021

Today’s 333 Devotional: “A Fly in the Ointment”

Flies can stink up anything, even something as sweet as perfume.

“Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, and cause it to give off a foul odor; so, does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.” (Ecclesiastes 10:1)

Solomon in this Ecclesiastes 10 talks about how foolish it is to reject God and His wisdom. And he starts out by saying that even the costliest perfume can be ruined and corrupted by just one dead fly.

In the same way a little foolishness can ruin our witness for Jesus Christ. It can muck up and tear down what we have tried to build for the Kingdom of God.

Jesus has saved us and cleansed us from the smell of sin and death, making us into a pure and costly ointment, a sweat smelling savor to all we meet.

“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” (2 Corinthians 2:15)

When we are saved by God’s grace, we become a sweat smelling fragrance and a pleasure to be around.

But then comes Satan, Beelzebub, or “Lord of Flies,” bringing with him all sorts of temptations to turn rancid what the Lord as turned sweat.

These flies are pridefulness, a critical spirit, judgmentalism, and so many others because sin is sin whether it’s a little or a lot. And these flies will stink up everything.

The Apostle Paul said, “You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” (Galatians 5:7-9)

It doesn’t take much to ruin a good testimony. But these dead flies can be filtered out through confession and repentance, and we can become that sweat fragrance once again.

So instead of letting Satan continue to spoil what God has done in your life, ask the Lord to forgive you and turn away from the flies.

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