There is a popular germ study going around social media these days. A teacher did an experiment with bread and how mold develops on bread that was untouched, touched by dirty hands, touched by hands with only sanitizer on them, and touched by hands that were washed with soap and water.
The study found that soap and water was the best cleansing agent and that sanitizer alone cannot keep all the germs away.
There is profound spiritual truth in this.
Each day, we are bombarded with choices and voices. Wrong thoughts contaminate our mind. Negative influences of worldly views taint our joy. Deceitful actions soil our hearts. The list of contaminates is infinite while we still live on this earth.
If you are a child of God today, you already know the importance of daily cleansing our hearts, but to what extent?
Do we ignore the sin that so easily entangles us or use faith as a means to sin? (Unwashed hands)
Do we recognize the sin, but throw up a quick prayer with little heart-involvement? (Quick sanitizer)
Or, do we have a heartfelt humility about us as we ask forgiveness from the One who created us? (Soap and water)
None of us are untouched by sin. Each one of us lives on this sin-cursed earth and will give an account to the Lord for what we have done.
So, brother and sister, I pray that you have clean hands and a pure heart before God. Sin daily seeks to infect our lives, so let us be ready to combat the inevitable attacks of the enemy and cleanse our hearts by being humble before God, being constant in prayer and study of His Word, and confessing our sins to the Lord. Thank Him with me today that He washes us white as snow!
Hebrews 12:1; Psalm 51:7; Isaiah 1:18; Hebrews 10:22-23; 1 Peter 1:13-25; Romans 14:11-12; Hebrews 4:13; 1 John 1:9; Romans 6:1-4.
©️2020 Rachel D. Lyne
What a wonderful analogy. Thank you for the reminder! Your anointed words always touch my soul.