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. Eccl 10:1
The New Year gives you an opportunity to look back over the past year and make changes.
It has already begun.
Perhaps you looked in the mirror or stepped on the scales and decided you need a personal change. You begin planning meals for January and vow to eat more leafy, green vegetables and avoid sugary drinks.
You enjoyed the food of the last year but it took a toll on your health weight. A little food folly causes you to “stink” in your own eyes.
If you consider yourself a Christian then another self examination is in order.
Nothing is worse than a bad representation of the Lord. Indeed, it is like stinking perfume.
You must consider how others see Christ in you. Remove your own presuppositions out of the way. Like me, you have many ideas on how a Christian should act. But your ideas and my ideas do not count. Only God set the standard for our actions.
Getting into His word is essential for spiritual growth so commit to more study of it.
Your actions and character are not only reflective of God but also of your church. You do not want someone not coming to church because of you. Visitors should find church a sweet experience. They need to feel love and respect coupled with a great learning experience.
All it takes to undo it is one dead fly in the ointment. Don’t become the fly!