21 July 2017

This 'n' That

I bought a power washer.

That thing is amazing.

My concrete has never looked so clean, and I have never enjoyed cleaning concrete or siding more.

The only question is—why did I wait so long to purchase one of these fantastic contraptions?

All of that cleaning makes me think of a terrifying passage of Scripture, though.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (Matthew 23:27-28)
There's more to this passage, but I suspect you are familiar with it and, even if you are not, you get the idea. It's a pretty intense condemnation spoken by Jesus about those who are religious hypocrites.

We might clean up really nice on the outside, but have we taken a 2000 psi power washer to the inside?

Only Christ can perform such a powerful cleansing on us. Have we been cleansed by Christ, regenerated by the Holy Spirit? If so, then we are new creations in Him.

Still, in this world, and in our fallen flesh, we will inevitably find ourselves dirtied daily. But Christ offers cleansing even then.
Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” Peter said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” (John 13:5-10)
This is grace. Amazing grace. He saves us. He cleanses us. He graciously forgives us of our sin (1 John 1:9).

In response, we desire to serve Him. We desire to have our hearts and minds aligned with His and with His will. We pursue righteousness. We will all have our hypocritical moments, but may we, with the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, seek to mortify those with a mighty blow. May God forgive us for our unfaithfulness when He is so steadfastly faithful.

Well, it is Friday (hooray!), so please enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • There's a clip in this article from one of my favorite episodes of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. Who doesn't love Red Skelton?
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I'm so thankful for this measured response to controversy.
  • There is no true religion without the fear of God.
  • Why did Jesus need the Holy Spirit?
  • Please pray for your pastor.
  • Why the God-man?

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