It is getting closer to spring time and many will start “spring cleaning.” When you begin you will gather together all of your cleaning supplies, but will you grab an old rag you used in the past or will you get a new one? An old dirty rag will get the job done, but may not get things completely clean. When I gave my life to God I was forgiven of all my sins, but that doesn’t mean I no longer have to work at staying “clean”.
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
So what does it mean to be clean? Webster’s defines it as “free from dirt or pollution, free from moral corruption or sinister connections of any kind.” When I got saved I was forgiven of my sins and I began my new clean life with Jesus. I was chosen to lead the lost to Christ, but how can I lead the lost to Christ if I am struggling with demons from my past. If I continue to repent the same things over and over, I am no better than a dirty rag. If I then go out to try and lead others to Jesus, I am trying to clean their lives with a dirty rag. If a lost soul is looking for something the world can’t provide and I am not living a clean life, then I will do more harm than good.
James 16:17, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them”.
We all need to read our Bible and pray so we have the strength to stay away from worldly things that will dirty our hearts and keep us from doing God’s work. If we are to bring others to Jesus, we need to show how great living for Jesus is, but we can’t do that if we are not living a clean life.
Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”