To The Dentist

June 12, 2021
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In half an hour, I have an appointment at the dentist's office. The hygienist is going to clean my teeth. I immediately think to myself, My teeth feel really grungy from eating my porridge at breakfast. I'd better go and brush and floss. I would hate to have dirty teeth with pieces of bran stuck to them for the hygienist to have to remove.

Then it strikes me. How similar that is to the feeling that some unchurched people have expressed when they think about coming to God or attending church. They consider that it is important for them to clean up their lives before they present themselves before God.

On the other hand, some church-going people like to think of their lives as clean before God, not realizing how sinful they really are. Because they are fine, upstanding, moral, good-living people, they think that they have very little to confess. I know — I've been there! When we do realize that we have done or thought something wrong, we often try to excuse ourselves or rationalize our mistakes, thinking that it was only a small, insignificant misstep, or that anyone else would have done the same thing under the same circumstances.

However, it turns out that when it comes to removing sin from our lives, none of us can excuse our own sin or clean ourselves up. The essence of coming to Jesus is realizing and admitting that only God can forgive sins. The realization of that fact is called "repentance" — thinking again — taking a 180-degree turn from self to God. How much easier it would be simply to admit our error to God and let Him forgive us, as only God can do.

When Jesus was teaching indoors at Capernaum, the crowd was so dense that four men, who wanted their paralyzed friend to be healed, broke through the roof and lowered their friend down inside the house in front of Jesus.

Luke 5:20-24 – When [Jesus] saw their faith, He said to him, "Man, your sins are forgiven you." And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, "Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Rise up and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" — He said to the man who was paralyzed, "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." (NKJV)

Let's break through the roof of our pride right now, and let ourselves down in front of Jesus, to have Him forgive us and restore us to wholeness before God.

Prayer: Thank You for Your promise that if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for sharing, Robin. God bless.

    Thank you, Robin, for this meaningful devotion.

    Thank you for the great reminder, Robin. God bless you!

    Good one!

    Thank you, Robin, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us.
    Blessings and prayers.

    Thank you, Robin, for your beautifully crafted, inspiring devotional, filled with truths. What I needed to hear!

    Thank you, Robin, and thank you and your team for the Presbyterian Daily devotions. Have a good day.

    GREAT reflection, something so many of us can relate to.

    Thank you, Robin, for this encouraging devotional, and all you do in keeping these Devotional’s coming to us every day.
    May the Lord bless you and keep you as you continue to serve Him in this ministry.

    Good morning Robin.
    Thank you for your good words this morning. You are so right, if we confess our sins God will forgive us.

    Good morning Robin
    Thank you for this encouraging message. Funny how we can make up excuses for ourselves and yet not for others. Simple truth…. We need Jesus, only He can forgive.
    God bless.

    Enjoyed your devotion today. Reminded me of my Dad. He always said that “sins were like weeds, you had to get them when they were small”. Thanks for your good work and giving us great devotions.

    How nice to read a devotional that you’ve been able to write yourself, Robin! It’s good for you to have a turn now and then! This was a pertinent and meaningful illustration, and your application helped me clearly see the point. Thanks for giving us writers a good example to follow as well as an application to heed.

    Hello Robin,
    Thanks for this morning’s devotional. Your analogy of cleaning teeth and asking God to clean us of sin is a good one. We must ever be so thankful that our loving Lord is ever gracious when we come to Him and confess our sins. Receiving forgiveness and then being able to go forward with the security of His continued love and care, lifts a great load in in our lives. Blessings for this writing today.

    Hi, Robin;
    Thanks for this meaningful devotional! I got 2 copies.
    Of course, with this message, 2 copies might be appropriate, as confession is not my best skill for sure. I found it especially challenging, as I watched this General Assembly, to confess and accept our part in the corporate wrongs we’ve done as part of the PCC, even before I was born.
    Stay safe and well.
    Yours, by the grace of God and the sacrifice of His Son,

    Good morning Robin,
    Well, that is a very good analogy of human nature. I always need reminding and I do remember when I have something interesting to jog my memory and brushing teeth is something that needs to be done often so it works as a great reminder to ask God for forgiveness. It is so easy to sin with pride, judgment, criticism, non-understanding, worry and the list is endless. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on how simple it is to talk with our God and to be forgiven and to remember he is always walking with us. May you have a blessed day and hope your teeth feel wonderful after the cleaning and you feel wonderful after God’s cleaning.

    Thank you for this message Robin. It’s always so easy to point our finger at others thinking “I’m not all that bad”, how well I know that thought! … but I’ve been reminded that to God sin is sin. Thank You Lord that your love, mercy, and forgiveness extends to all who confess, believe, accept, and receive Your grace.

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