Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Getting clean

When I announce to my youngest son..."Hey Bry, it's time to take a bath." I don't have to speak twice. He runs down the hall and starts to strip off every piece of clothing. Brown arms are flying about and Thomas t-shirts goes flying. He really loves to take a bath. Bry gets all his train toys...his bath stuff...and his favorite towel and after a wash down he's ready to play. There's only one thing...he doesn't like to have his hair washed. Time after time, we go the rounds with the hair. Finally...right before he gets out...I have him wash his hair and help him rinse. Many times when my hubby has given him a bath, Bry eludes this step and finds me in his towel saying..."I'm all clean"! Then I have to send him back and tell're head is still dry. You still smell like the (insert favorite play place here...the park, the school, our backyard.) Your arm might smell clean...but there is a part of you that's still dirty.

We Christians do the same thing when it comes to sin. We look really good on Sundays, Wednesdays or whatever day we worship and we think we're really cleaning up our act. We say the right things, do the right acts and we think we are washing ourselves in the forgiving blood of the lamb. Problem is...there is always that one sin...or a set of sins...that we're resistant to change that keep us from bearing fruit. Or we confess them and then we end up doing the same thing again. We get dirty with these sins and we don't want to confess them because we don't want to really change. We fuss about washing our hair like's uncomfortable. We don't mind getting a little clean...but getting clean all over...that's where we falter.

What sins are you still hiding on the top of your head? That thing that popped into your head...that's what you need to ask forgiveness for and then just stop doing it.

Let's confess our daily sins, get clean, and live a life worthy of the do've got to get clean head to toe.

Colossians 1:9-14 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[d] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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