“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”
I’m sure that I’ve told y’all about our very muddy backyard. But, in case I haven’t let me refresh your memory: Winter in southern Ohio was very wet. We didn’t get much snow, but we got a LOT of rain. The way that our backyard is sloped along with having a very active dog and being outside more with a couple of extra chores means that there’s a lot of mud.
I have agreed to take on the responsibility of our family’s laundry for a while to help out. That means that I have had to spot every one of those muddy pieces of clothing. And let me tell you, that mud is a very persnickety stain. I found that I had to wash some of the clothing twice to be able to get all of the mud out. Because I was also using more soap in the form of spot cleaner I have also had to run an extra rinse cycle.
As I was spotting yet another mud-filled shirt I was reminded of our sin.
You see when we sin we get muddy in a spiritual sense. This mud separates us from God. We in our own power are not able to get clean (sort of how the muddy shirt can’t get clean without me applying soap and scrubbing). We get clean by the saving blood of Jesus.
Jesus’ blood is the “soap” that washes our sins away. The “scrubbing” can be compared to God working on us. He makes us continually more like Him each day. As He works to make us more like Him, it’s not always comfortable for us. He can unearth attitudes that we didn’t know we had and “scrub” them away as we continue to learn more about Who He is and who we are in Him.
So, what happens if we sin again? The same thing that happens to the shirt once it gets muddy again. We get washed once again by His blood. He died once and for all and gave us His Spirit to guide us day by day until one day we meet Him face to face in Heaven (See 1 Peter 3:18 & 2 Corinthians 1:22).
Until next time,