I don’t mind cleaning, most days that is. The smell of a freshly cleaned floor and the sight of a shiny kitchen counter even brings me joy. That’s why decided, several years ago, to make cleaning my profession. It pays well and fits in with my schedule. The flexible hours are great and allow me to be home with the kids after school. I have to look hard to find things that I don’t like about this job, except one very little, tiny thing …
Just this last week, I cleaned up after a Christmas party and here it was … GLITTER … everywhere. Tiny, teeny, bitty bits of sparkle covered the floor and tables. It took sweeping, wiping, vacuuming, and mopping the place several times only to find glitter still all over. Each time I looked from a different direction, glimmers of the tiny evil became evident again … and again … and again.
While in the midst of my shiny dilemma, I was reminded of my sin. Not unlike the glittery mess, I often try to clean up my sins and “wipe” them away. On my own, I struggle to “behave” my way into a sinless place. I even make resolutions to stop certain behaviors or sinful habits. At times it even seems as if the harder I try, the more I notice my mess.
God is good. He does not abandon us to our inability to remove our own messes. He knows that we are helpless when it comes to making ourselves clean before Him. He knows we need more than good intentions and good will. In His amazing grace and kindness to us, He gave us His solution, namely Jesus Christ. Through Christ we are clean before God.
Through our faith in Him,
knowing we can’t be clean before a Holy God,
Christ takes it all on Him.
Every sin, no matter how big or how small,
God forgives us through Jesus, Our Savior.
“Thank you, God, for making me clean before You.
You see into my sin-sick heart, even those seemingly tiny sins.
Thank you for Jesus Christ.
His blood covers all, no matter how big or small my offenses.
Teach me to live in that freedom today.
Teach me to know what it means
To walk securely and clean before You.”