When I was growing up, I occasionally helped my mother — yes, at her insistence — by washing the dishes, pots and pans after a meal. I must admit that sometimes I completed the job just in time for the family to sit down for the next meal. I also confess a less than perfect effort at cleaning the food off the dishes, since I usually didn’t really want to do it anyway! I still don’t really care for the task, though I do it occasionally. It’s not quite the job today as it was earlier; about all that’s necessary is to dump the leftover food scraps and rinse the items before placing them in the dishwasher. Thank goodness for progress!
As the story goes, two bachelors talking about cooking. One of them said, “I got a cookbook once, but I could never do anything with it.” The other one asked, “What was the problem?” The first one replied, “Well, every one of the recipes began by saying, ‘Take a clean dish.’”
That’s also a problem in our association with God, since “...all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”(Romans 3:23). You see, without God, our lives aren’t clean. We're stained by sin. Making matters worse is the fact that we don’t have the ability to clean ourselves. Solomon asked in the Old Testament book of Proverbs asks, “Who can say, ‘I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin’?” (20:9).
The good news is that God offers cleansing through the blood of Jesus Christ. So, our plea to God is the same as King David’s: “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! .... Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm. 51:2, 10).
He commands that men everywhere sincerely believe in Jesus as his son, turn away from sin, and be immersed in water so those sins can be washed away in the blood of Jesus.
Those who sin as Christians can also be cleansed from the damning power of the devil's attack. When one become a child of God through the grace of God, in obedience to his will, as detailed above, he will still be tempted to disobey the Lord. As the apostle John wrote in his first letter, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us all unrighteousness. .... My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 1:9; 2:1).
God is eager to help us live for him and reward us with a home in heaven forever. Are you willing to do what God says so you can have the cleansing he offers? Will you let him cleanse you today?