Clean or Dirty?

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

California pastor Greg Laurie makes a simple observation: When he wears white pants, they get stained and spotted very quickly. He writes: “I want to blame it on the fact that I spill because I am wearing white pants, but the truth is that I spill all the time. I think I spill as much on my jeans as I do on my white pants. It is just that white pants display dirt.”

I can identify with Greg Laurie, and you probably can as well. You can probably also see the spiritual application behind his observation.

When we compare ourselves to our own standards or to other people around us, we may be tempted to think that we’re not sinning all that much and that our lives are pretty clean morally and spiritually. However, when we consider God’s holiness and perfection, our sin shows up more clearly than dirt on a pair of white pants.

What can we do to get our lives clean before God? In my family, there are a variety of standards of cleanliness. What’s clean to Joshua is probably not clean to me. What’s acceptably clean to me may not be clean in Michele’s eyes. So, what’s God’s standard of cleanliness? Perfection!

The beautiful thing is that God can make our dirty lives perfectly clean by His grace and by the blood of His Son.

David writes:

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7).

In Isaiah, God says:

“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 1:18).

John writes:

…and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7).

Today, God is ready to make us completely clean from the dirt and filth of our sin, as we simply ask for Jesus to cleanse us!

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!