The Spoon

Thursday, June 24, 2021
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1 John 1:8-9 – If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (NIV)

John 14:6 – Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (NIV)

My four-year-old granddaughter was at my house, eating her breakfast, when she decided that she didn't want the regular spoon that she was using. She wanted her Disney "Frozen" spoon with Princess Elsa on it. So, she reached under the counter, opened the cutlery drawer, and withdrew that spoon. I also noticed, however, that she placed her dirty spoon back into the cutlery drawer. I asked her if, in fact, she had put the used spoon in the drawer, and she answered, "Yes." I asked her, "Please open the drawer and get the dirty spoon out so that it can be washed." She quickly complied. Pulling out the used utensil, she took a good look at it, then, proceeding to give it a good licking, announced, "All clean," and popped it back into the drawer. What's a grammy to do, except laugh uproariously, and then, remove the dirty spoon and thrust it in the soapy dish water for a thorough cleansing?

Unfortunately, within our world, there are many people who feel that they are capable of wiping out their own wrongdoings — those things in life that are called sin — by covering them up by their good deeds. They reason that if their good deeds outweigh their bad ones, then, they will be acceptable to God and gain entrance into His presence when life is finished.

However, by licking her dirty spoon clean, my granddaughter did not make it clean. It looked clean, but you and I know that it wasn't. It needed to be properly washed before that could happen.

Likewise, the apostle John and Jesus have declared the same thing in regard to our sin. In God's sight, there is only one way for us to be holy or to be cleansed of our sin, our wrongdoings, and that is through the blood of Christ, Who is the way, the truth, and the life. For no matter how many good things that we have done in our lives, no one comes to the Father except through Him and the blood that He shed, which purifies us from every sin.

So, where does each of us stand today? Are we continually seeking to lick ourselves clean before God by hoping that our good deeds will outweigh our bad — or have we, by faith, accepted the washing of the blood of Jesus, which was shed for all of mankind, past, present, and future, that all who believe may not die but have eternal life in Him?

That's something to think about.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that in Christ, each and every person, no matter who they are or what they have or have not done, can be cleansed and made holy by the washing of His blood and therefore know without a doubt that they are welcomed into Your presence now and forevermore. Today, may many, who are still trying to lick away their own wrongdoings through good works, realize the error of their way and humbly turn to You, Your forgiveness, love, and salvation. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A real good one. Thanks.

    Good morning Lynn, Good devotional, thank you.

    Well said Lynne. We can learn so much from children!

    Simply and purely wonderful reflections Lynne! Thank you with the blessings of the Almighty!

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder and beautiful prayer Lynn.

    Something to think about indeed, thanks Lynne. Really enjoyed your funny story about your granddaughter!

    Oh, so true! We can never cleanse our souls with soap and water! Thanks for the reminder. Blessings and prayers.

    Good one. I’ve shared with my group of young people. I find these clear examples make it far easier to grasp the concepts. Thank you.

    Thank you for today’s devotional. The story of your granddaughter made me smile. May God continue to use you as a vessel for His purpose.

    Thanks for writing and sharing,

    Thanks Lynn, brightens my day hearing about your granddaughter and how you use this precious moment with her in your devotion.

    Hi Lynne,
    Leave it to a child to quip a comment that sparks a devotional! And, yes, the power in the blood to wash us clean past, present, and future. What a precious Lord we have. Thank you so much for your writing.

    Good Morning Lynne
    Thank you for the cute story about your granddaughter. How true is the fact that we try to make things clean and think our sin or mistakes have been taken care of. Thank the Lord, He is faithful to forgive us and show His love.
    God bless.

    Lovely to have a bit of humour first thing in the morning! Thanks, Lynne, for you’ve also brought back memories of times when I had grandchildren around my feet – mess, yes, but joyful laughter too.
    Bless you, your family and menagerie!

    Lynne, what a vivid picture of us trying to clean ourselves up for God. Next time I lick a spoon, I’m sure to be reminded of God’s generous forgiveness and grace extended to me – and to all of us. So touched by the truth of your devotional that I posted it on my Facebook page. Thank you, and may the Lord continue to inspire you to write what He teaches you.

    Thank you, Lynn, for another very special story and turned into a much-needed spiritual illustration. No doubt every one of us have cleaned a spoon or fork with our tongue and put it with the clean ones. As I write this there are thoughts and situations I can see. It may follow me around all day, some bringing a smile or chuckle, others not so pleasant. Thank you so much, God loves you and so do I.

    Dear Lynn:
    Once again you have presented an excellent Devotion that even a child can understand. I love how you make an everyday event teach us that we can only be clean by accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior.
    May God continue to bless you as you Honor Him in your Devotions.

    Hello Lynne,
    Many thanks for a very interesting devotional which has an important message that many people really need to hear.
    (That grandmother has a very unchangeable personality which her granddaughter will remember!)

    Hi Lynne
    Your granddaughter is precious if we could only just wipe away our sins, sorrows, hurts by just licking the spoon clean wouldn’t that be wonderful. However, we both know that will not do the trick. Unfortunately, too many people do not even believe there is a God and thus they have no need to confess their sin or to invite Jesus into their life as He was just a good man who lived 2000 years ago.
    Our world is in need of much prayer.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you so much for your excellent, timely devotional! It is just what so many of our churches need to hear!
    I read an excellent quotation which is somewhat related…”Inspiration in private devotion cannot be replaced by perspiration in public service.” Actually, it may have been in Presbycan.
    Thank you again, Lynne. It is so appreciated!
    Blessings and Joy.

    Dear Lynne,
    Many thanks for another of your very special devotionals. Oh, the joy and delight we can receive from the actions of those little persons in our household! Of course, the peace and joy we receive from our loving Lord when we seek Him and receive His forgiveness is much greater and of lasting consolation. Our loving Jesus so deserves our gratitude as He is ever ready to hear our prayers and guide us on the right path in our daily lives. Many blessings for these thoughtful and most meaningful devotionals you write. Enjoy a beautiful day in the company of your grandchildren.

    HI Lynne,
    Your devotional brought back so many memories. Our grandchildren would come for a week without their parents to visit us at the ranch. The requirement was that they had to be three years old! One time after an exhausting day, it was about 8 p.m. and we had been busy all day. The eight-year-old came to me and said, “What’s next?” I said, “Bed.” We never had any of them live as you have with your daughter’s family, but I cherish those memories from Cousins’ Camp.
    Thanks once more for your very reflective devotional.

    Good morning Lynne,
    Your granddaughter is a darling and brings joy to your life. What a blessing. Animals and children are a lot of work, but they love they give us is worth it all.
    I like the analogy of trying to like ourselves clean with our good works. For a long time, I didn’t think I was sinning. I didn’t know that silent judgment and envy and pride were considered sins. Since I wasn’t doing any of the very big sins, I was innocent. I am sure there are many people who also see things that way. When God opens your eyes to sin, it changes your perspective, and you know that you need God’s cleansing many times in a day.
    Thank you for your humorous way of looking at this topic and encouraging us to be open to the power of the blood of Christ to clean us thoroughly. May you enjoy your day and continue to share your wisdom and thoughts with us. Blessings.

    O Lynne, I KNEW it had to be you when I started this blessed witty memorable piece of writing. You hit the bull’s eye perfectly with this one. And someday when the granddaughter is reading this (and she will), she will smile too and remember. A perfect example of simplicity and truth weaving together effortlessly because they make such good sense.

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