I’m watching my hubby pressure wash our deck and chairs. Personally, I thought everything was okay “as is.” Not so for him! He has prepped and planned for this day for over a week – the precursor for staining it, applying protective water seal, and getting us more active outside as a family. Until I saw the murky water running off the side, I didn’t realize how much dirt and grime had built up on the wood. But he knew, and he wanted to get rid of it.
Now isn’t that like us when we consider the condition of our own hearts? We reason and rationalize: “I’m just fine…I don’t have to change…it’ll be okay if I wait until later to deal with that.” And all the while, God (who has already examined us) is tugging on our heartstrings, encouraging us to allow Him to make much-needed change and adjustments in us.
A new-looking deck is now beaming back at me and beckoning me to spend time on it once it dries. Yet, the wood had to yield to the pressure for cleansing – and somebody (my hubby) had to put in some elbow grease to “get ‘r done!” This week, may we yield to the pressure God allows in our lives to remove the buildup and residue of the world – so we can be thoroughly cleansed. Then He’ll apply the protective seal of the Holy Spirit to keep us in this “new and improved” condition. You’ll likely be able to identify the “before and after” distinctions encountered when restoring a valuable work of art…after all, we are His workmanship. 🙂
“Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine. Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.”
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
© Copyright 2013 by Kayren J. Cathcart