When it’s time to eat at the Shust home, it’s time for little boys (and big boys) to wash their hands! After a day of playing outside in the dirt, riding bikes up and down the hill and playing with legos that have been who-knows-where, hands need to be cleaned before handling food. And if I really want them clean, I may need to actually wash their hands for them.
In Psalm 24, King David asks, “Who can ascend the mountain of God? Who can stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart…” We know that only Jesus has clean hands and pure heart and, thank God, Jesus has taken our place, exchanging our filthy rags with His righteous robes! Any yet, it seems we try to earn the favor of God ourselves. We try to wash our own hands in order to be found worthy.
I read in Ezekiel 36 this morning something that indicates that we have zero to do with our becoming clean. God says:
I will sprinkle clean water on you
and you will be clean from all your uncleannesses
and from all your idols
I will cleanse you
I will give you a new heart
and a new spirit I will put within you
I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh
and give you a heart of flesh
I will put my Spirit within you
and cause you to walk in My statutes
and be careful to obey My rules
We can scrub and scrub and scrub but our hands will remain dirty. Today, let’s accept the washing that God performs through Jesus and the Spirit that He has given us.