Before a builder can construct a home, he must perform a soils test on the land to ensure that there has been no chemical or toxic spill on or under the ground. If the test comes back positive the ground must be cleaned up before any construction can begin.
Cleaning up toxic soil is costly and time-consuming. Many times the contractor will cut his losses and move onto the next property on his list. He does not have the time or money to clean the land.
In spiritual construction, we do not have the luxury of cutting our losses. We can’t ignore it either or pretend it doesn’t exist, because it is hurting us. We have no other option but to clean up the ground.
Contamination has many faces: abuse, neglect, addictions, lack of emotional connections, anger, bad habits, etc. If we find ourselves mistreating others – even though they have nothing to do with our pollutants – we probably have toxic ground.
How do we dig out the bad soil?
A contractor brings in big machinery and digs and digs and digs out all the tainted soil. He loads the poor soil in a dump truck who hauls it away to be treated and detoxified.
As a spiritual builder, we do something similar.
We dig and dig and identify the ones who have sinned against us. We identify the sin. Then we loaded up in God’s big dump truck by purposing to forgive the offender. Then, we pray for our offender. Praying for our enemy is like treating our soil with a detoxifying agent. It cleans up the dirt.
Digging out the dirt is a long process. It does not happen overnight and is not easy. In fact it is probably one of the hardest things we can ever face. But when our soil is clean we can build something beautiful upon it. Something authentic. Something lasting. We can build a life that can be used by God. We can build a life that glorifies Father.