When You Never Feel Clean

by Evie Polsley, Bible Team Marketing Coordinator

I feel like I am spending most of my life washing things. I’m constantly washing my hands, doing extra laundry, washing more dishes, cleaning counters, doorknobs, light switches. Even cleaning my groceries—heck, anything that comes into the house gets thoroughly scrubbed. And yet it still feels unclean.

As I stand at the sink trying to remember how many times I’ve sung “Happy Birthday,” my mind wanders to the purification laws of the Old Testament. There were certain vessels you had to use, a certain pattern that had to be followed, and only certain people could do certain things. Yet even with all these laws and rituals, the people were never truly clean. There was always some mistake, some sin that needed atoning for, or just plain forgetfulness that kept separating God from his people.

He knew the only thing that could truly purify was the powerful blood of his Son. And so that precious blood was spilled so we could be clean. We no longer need to live in fear of separation from our heavenly Father.

See, we can wash and scrub and try to clean ourselves, but we will be left marred and spotted with sin. It is only Christ’s blood that can remove the stain of sin. As I continue to try to purify my house, my hands, my groceries, I am all the more thankful that I have been washed in the blood of the Lamb. My sins have been washed away, and I am purified through Christ.

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18, NLT.

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