Isn’t it aggravating how quickly dust returns to our window sills, table surfaces, and let’s not mention dust covered ornaments! We dust one day and in just a few days times, sometimes even the very next day, those unwanted, dirty particles have come back again!
It’s the same with our carpets and floors. We may or may not wipe our feet before entering the house, but it doesn’t matter; it takes hardly any time at all before we see hints of dirt gathering. Out comes the vacuum cleaner and we do our task of sucking up the dirt. We spend countless hours of our lives, which would add into months, of dust wiping and dirt vacuuming. It’s not the most pleasant task, but we certainly wouldn’t want to leave it undone, letting dirt pile up!
If we are set on cleaning up our physical worlds, why then do we so readily neglect cleaning up our spiritual worlds? No one is perfect. We all behave badly at various times in our lives. We all open our mouths and insert feet! Our lives become tainted with sin. Oh, what an ugly word! I wonder if the very word itself is why we so often try to ignore it. Perhaps we tell ourselves, if we ignore the sin, maybe it will just drift away, but that is not so. Ignoring the dirt in our lives will just pile up like the neglected carpet we fail to vacuum.
Our heavenly Father has made a way for us to get rid of the dust and dirt in our lives. He loves providing us with means to stay clean. It’s recorded in I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” Isn’t that the most wonderful promise? God does not lie. The verse says He cleans us from every wrong!
Think of the dust and dirt that may have piled up in your life. Maybe you’ve tried to sweep it under the carpet of excuses. Maybe you’ve tried to brush it over onto someone else who “made you do it.” Remember this: there are no excuses we can give to God. The only thing we can do to remain clean is to confess the misdeeds before Him.
Someone once told me that they get embarrassed, even before God, to confess their sins. I can understand that feeling. I could not begin to count the times I’ve come to God with the ghastly feeling of — I’ve blown it again! However, when I do come, when I do admit the wrong I have done, the cleansing of heart and mind is instantaneous! Oh, does it feel good!
Saving up the dust and dirt in our lives will never, even one time, make us feel good all over. Go ahead, bring your dirt to your heavenly Father. Let Him do His holy vacuuming in your heart. You will only regret not having come to Him sooner.