Luke 5:12 – While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."(NIV)
I have been ignoring the tea service that has been in the family for some time. I neglected to say silver, because it looks more like gold. I have been ignoring it, simply because it needs cleaning, and I didn't want to do it.
There is even a sign attached to the refrigerator, that I put there myself. It says, "Anne, clean the silver ware." Even my son noticed the sign and said to me, "Mom, why don't you clean that silver ware?" For a moment I wondered how he knew; the sign had been on the refrigerator so long I had forgotten about it.
Okay. This is the day. I will do it.
I set the tea service in front of me, got down the silver polish and began to clean: first the creamer, then the sugar bowl, the tea pot and the coffee pot, right down to the tray that these pieces sit on. Wow! What a difference! It gleams and really looks good. No, not just good; it looks downright beautiful! What a difference!
This made me think how we must appear to God — all tarnished with sin. Then God calls us, and leads us to Christ, who did it all for us. He cleans us up, by wiping away all our sins, and makes us gleam. How beautiful is the body of Christ! How beautiful He has made us look!
Prayer: God, thank you for cleaning us up; taking away all of our sin. You gave us a new life in Christ. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.