Muck. It’s defined as dirt, rubbish, or waste matter. Synonyms for “muck” are dirt, grime, filth, mud, slime, and mess. Since the Harvey, we see muck everywhere. And we have learned a new phrase: “muck out,” which is to remove the mud, slime, and rubbish from a home that has been flooded. Teams have been working all around Houston, mucking out homes. You can see the evidence when you drive down the streets—people’s belongings are piled high along the street, reduced to mere dirt, rubbish, and waste matter. The good news is these homes can be rebuilt. New sheet rock, tile, paint, furniture and appliances will make homes inhabitable once again. We will recover.
In the same way that homes need to be mucked out, our hearts are full of the dirt, grime, filth and slime of sin. We are a mess, but we weren’t always that way. When God first created man, we were perfect. Then we decided that we knew more than God, so we disobeyed the one rule He gave us. From then on we were broken and our hearts were flooded with sin. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And if we don’t muck out that sin, our lives will be worse than a home flooded by the Brazos and left alone to rot.
The Bible tells us, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18). Jesus came and died so that our hearts could be mucked out and we could be reconciled to God. He picked us up from the muck and mire, cleaned us, and put us on solid ground. That’s the good news of the gospel!