Week Thirty Six
First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
Quote from Pray While You’re Prey:
“Jesus Christ was proof that we could be human and not be filthy. Jesus Christ was proof that we could be blameless and clean.”
When I was younger, my mom gave me and my siblings different chores to do. First and foremost, our rooms had to be clean. We have to have our beds made, our clothes picked up, and all of our toys and what not put away before we could even think about asking to go outside and play or hang out with our friends. In addition, we had our weekend chores. My chores included cleaning one of the bathrooms and dusting. Plus, we took turns doing the dishes. I hated doing chores, but, since my parents paid me an allowance (and all of the other household bills), I had to do my part to take care of the house. But, I vowed that when I had my own home, I would not make my bed every day.
When I was younger and I wanted to play, but didn’t feel like thoroughly cleaning my room, I would just make my bed, and then, shove things under the bed and in the closet to make it look like I had done my chores. Unfortunately for me, both of my parents were Navy veterans, so I rarely got away with it.
Many of us try to dress up our outside while completely ignoring our inside and we call it cleaning up our lives. We make sure that we say the right things, hang out with the right people, and get caught doing the right activities. But, what is the use of looking clean on the outside when you are dirty on the inside?
Surely, we will all make mistakes because none of us are perfect. Still, we need to make every effort to clean up the messes in our lives. A season of singleness is a fantastic time to do so. The single season is the perfect time to really focus on ourselves; not for the purpose of being selfish, but for the purpose of being more like Christ. We can go to our Father and ask Him to reveal to us the dirty places in our lives that we have hidden so well that we forgot they were there. I have to warn you, though, if you ask God for this, you must be prepared to be shocked.
Every time I think I am all cleaned up, I ask God to show my where I am falling short. And, when I do so, it is usually because I am fully confident that I have little to no dirty areas. But, oh my! God will place some people and some situations in your life to reveal the dirt that is still lingering well beneath the surface. I don’t know about anyone else, but when God does bless me with a mate, I want to be the best person that I can be. Actually, if God never sends me a mate, I still want to be the best I can be for Him.
Has this ever happened to you? You’re super thirsty, so you go to the cabinet and pull out a cup. You fill the cup with your favorite drink, take a couple of sips and then look in the cup and find some gunk the dishwasher left behind. The cup sure looked clean from the outside, but none of that matters if there is some nastiness on the inside. The same goes for us. We must all make sure that we are clean inside and God gave us a perfect example and a perfect sacrifice to be sure that we could be.
Thank You, God for sending Your Son to be
an example of how to truly live a clean life.
Please forgive me for trying to cover up the dirt in my life,
as if you are not omniscient.
Lord, please help me to never be haughty enough
to think that there is not something inside of me that can be cleaner.
In Jesus’ Name,
*Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©1984, unless otherwise indicated.