You know when you turn your heater on for the first time each winter? When it smells? When all the dust from the previous months has to burn off before the smell goes away?
It’s kind of like what happens inside of us when we decide to turn the heat up on an issue that we’d like to correct in ourselves. We identify the issue, then we turn up the heat – focus some light on it – examine it – stir the coals – stir up our thinking to see it differently – see it from a higher perspective. We need to burn off the dust in our character or our thinking!
We need to burn off or purify the part of our thinking where we’re identifying ourselves with the Adam-man – man made of the dust of the ground – not made in the image and likeness of God. And when the dust is burned off (the dust of Adam is burned out of our thinking), we’re left with a clean-burning heater (we see ourselves the way God made us – perfect) and that warms our house.