Distraction of Dirt #devotion

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

Spring Cleaning! What a job! It seems that each year I spend hours cleaning all the outside areas so we can relax and enjoy them throughout the summer. The deck, patio, chairs, tables, grill, and sometimes the siding, all require cleaning. It’s amazing how filthy things can get over the winter. Moss, mildew, pollen and dirt can cover every surface. Even after a driving rain, things appear to be clean, but the sun comes out and dries the area making the dirt magically re-appear. Spraying with the hose can be just as ineffective, requiring either more elbow grease or a power washer to accomplish the task.

This year, I gathered the necessary cleaning solutions, rags, brushes, even the power washer. After hours of scrubbing, scouring and polishing I finally saw the dirt wash away. Every muscle in my body ached and I was soaked to the bone. But it was all worth it. As I looked at the refreshed patio area, it was if new life was breathed into the tired worn pieces and they were ready to create memories for the new summer season.

Isn’t this what Christ offers us every day? I am not talking about cleaning away our physical grime. Not at all. You see Jesus knows the deep hidden places of our hearts. He knows the filth that collects in the corners of our spirit. We may try to cover it up or put on a façade of contentment, which is about as effective as the springtime rain. It makes us appear clean for a bit but sooner or later the filth reappears. We cannot rid ourselves of sin without the deep cleansing power of Christ. Christ died for us and desires to wash away every iniquity. The Psalmist knew the need for this deep cleansing when he wrote Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

God loves us so very much and mourns when we try to carry our burdens alone. Sin, like dirt, weighs us down, limits our abilities and tires us out. Our transgressions may be few, but if they remain hidden too long, they can collect more grime requiring extra effort to cleanse our souls thoroughly. Purification by the forgiving power of Christ, frees us to serve more joyfully and love more sacrificially. So, are you ready for some spring cleaning?

Dear Loving Lord, I want to seek and serve you with my whole heart. Reveal any hidden sin I may have in the depths of my heart and soul. With the power of your grace and forgiveness, use your Living water to wash me clean so that I may be re-energized to serve you in all I do. Amen


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