Think about it, making something clean always involves making something else dirty. “Dirt” doesn’t just go away.
To clean the dishes requires polluting the dishwater.
To clean the dirt off your shoes requires depositing that dirt somewhere else (hopefully not a track across the carpet).
To mop up a spill off the table requires destroying a paper towel or spoiling a perfectly clean and dry dishtowel.
The same is true for emotional messes; for that mess to be cleaned up someone is going to have to care enough to move from the sidelines and the critic’s corner and get (catch this) involved. They are going to have to get their hands and heart dirty.
The same is also true for sin. For someone to be cleansed of the sin and the shame and sorrow that comes with it that sin must be transferred to someone else—someone else must be willing to become a dirty sinner in place of the dirty sinner. There is only one Someone who can do this, you know who I am talking about…his name is (say it with me) “Jesus Christ”.
- The ONE THING for today: Oh fellow sinner: cleansed, forgiven and redeemed, offer all you do this day, in word and deed, as a thanksgiving to the One who took your sin, shame and sorrow upon himself and made you clean.
1 John 4:10 (NLT)
10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
1 Peter 2:24 (NLT)
24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.