How important is that to me?
A lot of money is spent each year on cleaning products.
Products to clean floors.
Products to clean dishes.
Products to clean clothes, furniture—even products to clean me.
When I began to cook dinner this evening, I pulled a pan from the dishwasher to use.
Checking it’s cleanliness, I noticed that there was still a very tiny amount of residue on the pan.
This made it unacceptable for me to use until it was cleaned.
Choosing a steel wool pad with embedded soap, I began to scrub the pan.
After rinsing it with water, I was satisfied with the result.
As I was cleaning it, I thought about what I was doing in the context of spiritual cleanliness.
We all want to be clean, don’t we?
Free of guilt?
Removed from shame?
Some people try to become “clean” in a variety of ways.
Actively doing a number of good things to make up for the bad things they have done.
Simply hiding the actions and attitudes they are ashamed of.
Vowing to be better by a sheer act of will.
Tonight, as I took the pan from the washer, just rinsing it with water would not have been enough to get it clean.
The spots of left over food had dried and stuck fast to the metal.
Using the steel wool pad removed it in seconds.
If the pan was going to be clean, it was going to have to be cleaned in the proper way.
If you and I are going to be clean–forgiven, free of guilt and shame–our efforts are not going to be enough.
It is going to take an act of God to make us clean.
That act of God has already occurred.
God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, making us clean in His sight.
If you are tired of trying to get clean on your own, He understands.
If you are weary from the weight of living life apart from God, He is ready to lighten your load.
It’s not too late.
Ask God to forgive you.
Tell Him you believe in Jesus and what He has done for you.
Commit your life to His guidance.
It’s going to feel really good to finally be………..
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
—1 John 1:9
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