From the Pulpit: Getting cleaned up
Last week, we saw several families clean their homes and throw out old belongings as the city held is Spring Clean Up. Long hours were put in as people carried the trash to the curb and it was hauled away.
The walls in our homes may be washed, floors will be scrubbed, trash is thrown away. But what about us, how will we be cleaned? It’s time for God to do some spring cleaning also. How do we become clean to God?
Psalm 119:9-16, says,” 9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 12 Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. 13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. 14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. (NIV)
The Psalmist’s desire was to remain pure before God, and he informs us that we can keep our way pure by living according to God’s Word. He desires to be clean, he is tired of sin in his life.
It is the Blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin. We have some powerful detergents such as Clorox, Mr.Clean, and others that promise to remove stains and disinfect. But none can remove the stains of sin.
During a thunderstorm that contained high winds, a giant oak tree was blown down. The tree was thought to be in perfect health; that is, from outward appearance it seemed to be in good health since it was almost perfectly shaped and full of green leaves.
However, the massive tree could not withstand the stress of the high wind because of deterioration on the inside. What started as a tiny corruption at the center of the tree had spread until that tremendous tree was so weakened that it was toppled by the wind.
One may reach a point where he forsakes God altogether. It is because he, (like the tree) has decayed on the inside. Perhaps the deterioration started with a little lie or forsaking the assembly to go fishing or camping.
Long before our feet carry us where we shouldn’t go, and our hands do what they shouldn’t do, the desire is in our hearts (Ps. 119:9-11). With pure hearts we will be able to stand the stress of temptation and the stress of everyday living.
We can fool people with our looks on the outside, but we can not fool God with the decay on the inside. It is time for us to switch from detergents that do not work to divine detergent that will remove any and all stains!
You can come to Christ today and be cleansed, stop trying to do it yourself and yield your life to the One who died for you. Be cleansed today and experience the grace of God for yourself.
Unlike the unwanted belongings that get carried to the curb, God loves you and wants you. He desires to have an intimate personal relationship with you. He loves you so much that He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die in your place. Will you discover His love and experience true forgiveness and be cleansed?
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)