My friend, may I ask you a question? Despite the fact that we are clean, washed in the blood of the Lamb, are we ready to be put back into God’s service, doing the Kingdom work that God intended for us to do? There is the matter of repentance before the forgiveness can be given. How can we finally feel the freedom that forgiveness gives?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
When Holly washes the sheets, she takes a dirty linen, throws it into the old Maytag, adds detergent and water and hits the wash button. In time the sheets are thoroughly soaked but clean. Yet, despite the fact that the sheets are clean, they are not ready to be spread back over the mattress pad. Despite the fact that the object of putting them into the washer was to clean them, the sheets are not ready for the bed until they lose both their dirt AND the water that has cleansed them. They need to be dried and lose their wetness before they are worthy of being placed back on the bed.
Similarly, like those sheets, you and I are washed in the blood of Christ. Yet, despite the fact that we are clean, we aren’t ready to be put back into God’s service. First, there is the little matter of repentance before the forgiveness can be given.
Here’s a story: Many years ago in Russia, a regiment of troops mutinied. They were at some distance from the capital and were so furious that they murdered their officers and resolved never to submit to discipline. The emperor, who was an exceedingly wise man, no sooner heard of it than all alone and unattended he went into the barracks where the men were drawn up, and addressing them sternly he said to them: “Soldiers! You have committed such offenses against the law that every one of you deserves to be put to death. There is no hope of any mercy for one of you unless you lay down your arms immediately and surrender at discretion to me, your emperor.” They did so, there and then. The emperor said at once: “Men, I pardon you; you will be the bravest troops I ever had.” And so they were. (W. R. Bradlaugh)
This is just what God does with sinners like you and I; we have dared to rebel against God, and God says: “You deserve my wrath. Throw down your weapons of rebellion. I will not talk with you until you submit to my sovereign authority. And then He says: “Believe in My Son Jesus Christ. This done, you are forgiven and from now on you will be the most loving subjects my hands have made.” Before we find that pardon, we need to throw off our old self and cling to the hope of salvation in Christ. Until that time, we are nothing but sheets on the line, clean behind the ears, but not yet dry.
We pray: Heavenly Father, Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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