Washed Away

9:57 AM


You did a "small" sin, something that seemed insignificant at the time.  You have a habit of spending some quiet time in prayer each day, and now is when you normally do it.  But you feel something holding you back.  You tell yourself that you're busy, that XYZ really must get done right now or it'll be the end of the world.  But deep down inside, you know what the problem is.  That "small" sin really wasn't all that small, because it was against God.  You rebelled against your Father's command.

You know that you should come to God and tell Him all about it, asking for His forgiveness and making no excuses for your deed (or lack thereof).  But you're afraid.  Not exactly afraid that He'll be sad, rebuke you, or punish you.  Maybe not even afraid that He'll tell you to abandon your sin.  Those are definitely factors, but they're not what's really keeping you away.  The real reason is that you just can't bear to see the contrast between your filthy self and the holy and pure God.  You know that if you come before the throne, even one pinprick of His light will reveal dark and dirty parts of you that you aren't aware of, because you've done such a good job at hiding them.  And this will mean humbling yourself.

So you don't go before the throne.  You don't even stay right where you are.  Instead, you move to somewhere else where you're comfortable, somewhere that looks like you.  You start hanging out with sin more and more, maybe not copying it, but watching it.  You don't actually "sin", but you laugh at it and decide that you're a pretty good person after all, because you are so much better than your new best buddy.  You plunge headlong into this new life, because it makes you feel good about yourself.  Hanging out with sin covers your own evilness and fools even you into thinking that you're good.  So you don't go to the Father, because that would just expose all the hidden wickedness.

You're like the little boy who doesn't want to come in to take a bath.  He knows that his mother will find all the dirt, and it's not going to be pleasant getting rid of it.  Instead of obeying and washing every little bit away, he runs off and jumps into a muddy ditch, because he feels right at home there.

But the little boy's mother does not forget her son.  She comes and takes him home, and then she gives him his bath.  Your Father won't forget you, either.  Don't think that you can hide in the mud from Him.  He will come and find you, and then He will take you home.  It's going to hurt, because the dirt has become such a big part of who you are, but He will wash it away.  He loves you too much to let you remain in your filthiness.  He will clothe you in new robes, so that when He sees you, He sees His perfect Son.

Now that you are clean and dressed, you can come before the throne and have true fellowship with the Father.  Each time you come before Him, He will show you more of your sin, and then He will lovingly help you to wash it away.  But the good news is that the more often you come before the throne, the more the Father will cleanse you.

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil...
...Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.
Isaiah 1:16, 18

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3 comments

  1. So true! Thanks for posting this! :)

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  2. This is one of the things I love about John 13--Jesus not only cleanses us at salvation but He also continues to "wash our feet" in sanctification. :)
    Hiding sin from God is sooo easy to do...thank-you for the reminder to come to Him for cleansing. ;)

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  3. Really needed to hear this. Thanks so much!

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