Wednesdays! I love Wednesdays! It was the glorious day of the week when I would come home from work to a spotless, pristine house! The floor literally glistened. There were no coats or shoes to trip over in the back entry or dirty dishes in the sink. Even the toilet paper rolls had the end paper folded up into a nice little point that silently said, “This toilet has been cleaned.” The whole house smelled fresh. I LOVE MY CLEANING LADY!!!
However my wonderful cleaning lady spends her winters in a much warmer climate. And while I’m genuinely thrilled she is able to enjoy a warm winter, Wednesdays aren’t as much fun anymore. The dishes are piled, it’s been way too long since the toilet paper roll had its nice little “point” put into place, and there’s so much grease on the stove top you could probably scrape it off and reuse it. (Might save us on butter.) The worst: there is a serious dust infestation on nearly every surface of my home. No more glisten. No shine. DEFINITELY no fresh smell.
Hebrews 10:17-18 in The Message describes the state of our lives:
“He [God] concludes, I’ll forever wipe the slate clean of their sins. Once sins are taken care of for good, there’s no longer any need to offer sacrifices for them.”
“I’ll forever wipe clean…” – THAT’S CLEAN!
Here’s what’s interesting:
…When the Son made people clean from their sins, He sat down at the right side of God, the Great One in heaven.
“When the Son MADE people clean….” – for anyone with English grammar experience, “made” is PAST TENSE. Through the work of the cross, the cleansing was done once and for all . YOU ARE CLEANSED of your sins. We’ve been redeemed, cleansed, made pure and holy through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Does that mean we are forever and always clean? Just like my house – NO! We still accumulate “dust” from the journey. We pick up dust from doing life in a broken, messed up world. We pick up “dusty attitudes” that don’t reflect Christ’s character and frankly sometimes smell really bad too. Our thinking patterns that are in the process of being renewed, are quite old and dusty. We have dusty old habits that should really be put in the trash. We pick up dust from other people who are still living with an old, unclean “house” because they don’t yet know the power of Jesus' work for them. And sometimes we find ourselves in really bad “dust” – bucket loads of dust that’s been mixed with all sorts of gook and turns into serious MUD.
Dust comes when there’s little or no activity – it just settles. In life, when we simply “settle” for good enough, when God has created us for greatness; when we settle for “this is just the way its going to be” instead of pushing forward and pushing through; when we settle in disappointments or defeat or failure – dust begins to accumulate in our lives.
You know what dust does? It chokes out breath, it dries things up, it corrodes, blinds, it penetrates into tiny, closed off areas – places it shouldn’t be but places where it can cause great damage.
Even though Christ has “made us clean from our sins” we still need a daily cleanse. The Bible talks about “being washed with the water of the Word”. Through God’s Word, we’re reminded of WHO & WHOSE we already and truly are. By bathing ourselves in the presence of God, allowing His Spirit – the “river of living water” – to wash over us, we’re cleansed from the accumulation of dust. Or mud. Don’t allow dust to go unchecked, especially in the little things, the little corners of life that we might not think are important. Put up a dust guard to protect.
Take a few minutes to run your finger across not just the surfaces but all the layers of life. What’s the dust accumulation look like? Time for a clean? Get at it!