“I’m clean!” Joel calls to me as he comes from the bedroom. Daddy just helped him put on jammies after his evening bath. I’ve washed the dinner dishes and now it’s time for stories. Joel wants to let me know he is ready, so he repeats, “I’m clean!”
Joel’s call every evening reminds me of what we as forgiven sinners can proclaim daily, “I’m clean!” No matter what our past, when we ask Jesus to forgive our sins, He washes them all away. Though our sins were like scarlet, now we are white as snow. We are clean, ready to serve Him here on earth, and ready to meet our Father in heaven.
Can you imagine the sensation we would make if we walked into church each Sunday and proclaimed, “I’m clean!” Or, how about in the grocery store, the bank, the gas station, or anywhere else we visit during the week? Your friend asks, “Hi, how are you?” Instead of replying with the usual, “Fine,” you exclaim, “I’m clean!” What a conversation starter that would be!
How can we be sure we are clean? God’s Word the Bible is the place to start.
His Word shows us where we are dirty:
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21 (NKJV)
He provides verses for cleansing.
‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ Luke 18:13 (NKJV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 (NKJV)
And Jesus gives us the assurance that we are forgiven and made new.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Instead of just drinking TEA with Jesus today, why not take a bath in His Word! Immerse yourself in verses like Psalm 51, confess your sins to the Lord, letting Him make you new. Then proclaim to a friend, “I’m clean!”
“Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Matthew 8:2 (NKJV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
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