“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, purifies us from every sin.” (1 John 1:7-9 NIV)
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” (John 14:6 NIVJ)
My four-year-old granddaughter was at my house, eating her breakfast, when she decided she didn’t want the regular spoon she was using. She wanted her Disney, Frozen spoon with Princess Elsa on it. So she reached under the counter, opened the cutlery drawer and withdrew that spoon. I also noticed however, that she placed her dirty spoon back into the cutlery drawer. I asked her if in fact she had put the used spoon in the drawer and she answered, yes. I asked her to please open the drawer and get the dirty spoon out so it could be washed. She quickly complied. Pulling out the used utensil, she took a good look at it, and the proceeded to give it a good licking and announce: All clean. And popped it back into the drawer. And what’s a Grammy to do? Except laugh uproariously. And then remove the dirty spoon and thrust it in the soapy dish water for a thorough cleansing.
Unfortunately, within our world there are many people who feel that they are capable of wiping out their own wrong doings, those things in life called sin, by covering them up by their good deeds. If their good deeds outweigh their bad ones, then they will be acceptable to God and gain entrance into His presence when life finished.
However, my granddaughter licking her dirty spoon clean, did not make it clean. It looked clean but you and I know it wasn’t. It needed to be properly washed before that could happen.
Likewise, the apostle John and Jesus have declared the same thing in regards to our sin. There is only one way, in God’s sight for us to be holy or cleansed of our sin, our wrong doings. And that is through the blood of Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life. For no one, no matter how many good things they have done in their life, comes to the Father except through Him and the blood He shed that purifies us from every sin.
So where do each of us stand today? Are we continually seeking to lick ourselves clean from God, by hoping our good deeds will outweigh our bad? Or have we, by faith accepted the washing of the blood of Jesus which was shed for all of mankind, past, present and future, that all who believe may not die but have eternal life in Him.
Something to think about.
Prayer: Father God, thank You that in Christ, each and every person, no matter who they are or what they have or have not done, can be cleansed and made holy by the washing of His blood and therefore know without a doubt that they are welcomed into Your presence now and forever more. May many today, who are still trying to lick away their own wrong doings, through good works, realize the error of their way and humbly turn to You, Your forgiveness, love and salvation. In Christ’s name we ask. Amen.