Striving For Spotless

November 20, 2015

The spaghetti sauce stuck to the walls of my baking dish taunting me, as if to say, “Give it your best shot.”

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I knew this pan had met its match, because I have a secret – one seasoned dish washers know well. Soap!

Not soap on a sponge. No, the spaghetti sauce only wishes I’d try my hand at scrubbing. Because if I did, eventually my arm would tire and call it quits. Scrubbing pours time and energy into a battle unlikely to turn out my way. I’ve come too far to fight like this.

Instead, I put the soap straight into the dish and turned on the faucet. I stood and watched as the dish disappeared beneath a sea of soap suds. Then, I left. No time. No will. No work.

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After a while I returned to find the suds simmered down and beginning to take on the color of the dish. You know how this ends … I dumped the dirty water, ran a little more hot water through the pan and, Voila!

No sponge. No scrubbing. No problem. Without any help from my hand, the dish sparkled. Clean.

God made him who had no sin to be sinfor us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

Is something caked onto the walls of your heart? Are you scrubbing relentlessly only to end up tired and ready to quit?

Stop scrubbing.

Some stains will only let go when they’re soaked. Immersed beneath the cleansing blood of Christ. Hidden behind the power of His Spirit.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV – Emphasis mine)

When soaked in God’s Word, sin softens and strongholds surrender. Add a little faith and in a short while you will find a heart changed – without any help from your hand.

Will you put your sponge down?