DayBreaks for 4/29/16 – Not the Laundromat
From the DayBreaks archives, April 2006:
Isaiah 64:6 (NIV) – All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
“Every one of us has become ragged, so damaged by sin and guilt that it seemed like the logical thing left was to discard the human race. Toss it out and start over.
“But this God could not bring himself to do. So God proposed reconstructive surgery. God proposed to take the human race to where he could change filthy rags and remove the guilt and sin that left the objects of his love so unlovely.
“There really is such a place. It’s called the cross.” – Love Beyond Reason, John Ortberg
Sometimes I go out and use the weed-whacker or my John Deere mower to cut down grass. When I’m feeling especially energetic, I may do some digging – we have seemingly miles of PVC pipes on our property to water the plants that the former owners put it. When I do these things, I inevitably come back to the house with either grass, mud or both, all over my shoes, socks and jeans. My shirt will be spackled with bits of grass that the weed-whacker or mower threw into the air. By the good graces of my wife, those dirty clothes find their way into the laundry and they wind up clean again.
It’s one thing when we’re considering clothes to talk about the laundry. The washing machine can get the dirt out of our clothes. But the washing machine can’t get the dirt out of our hearts and souls. You can’t take your soul to the Laundromat – you’ve got to take it to the cross of Christ in order to get clean.
Laundromats may be expensive – but they’re nowhere near as expensive as the cross that cleans us up and makes us presentable to God.
PRAYER: Thank you Jesus for reaching out to us as our sins were sweeping us away. Thank you for snatching us back from the raging torrent of death and destruction that was headed our way. Thank you, Lord, for the cross and for making us clean once again! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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