I was reading a book of 300 writing prompts recently and came across this one, “You have magic soap. What does it wash away?” It got me thinking. What would I wash away? Bad attitudes, mistakes, the need to never do chores again, time, etc.
And then I realized something. I don’t need magic soap because I have Jesus.
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
When we are baptized into Jesus Christ our past mistakes and sins are washed clean through the power of His blood (1 Corinthians 6:11, 2 Corinthians 5:7, 1 john 1:9). Coming up out of that water we can begin life as a brand new person. We may not look different on the outside but on the inside we are as white as snow. The Holy Spirit has taken up residence in our hearts and begins transforming us into the image of God (1 Corinthians 3:16, Romans 12:2).
This transformation doesn’t happen overnight; we won’t wake up the next day and be able to have all of those temptations and struggles behind us. But over time, day by day, choice by choice we will look back and notice that we have changed. This doesn’t mean that we won’t continue to make mistakes–because we will. Everyday (Romans 3:23). Sometimes we find that we’re doing what we don’t want to do in life. If that’s you today I encourage you to read Romans 7 and 8. Paul talks about this same thing.
We often wish that we could erase time. Go back to a different decade where life was “so much better”. But here’s the thing. Going back 20, 30, 40, or even 100 years won’t change the sin in the world. Each decade had it’s good times and bad. Sure, things were different back then but that doesn’t mean they were perfect. Sin was still in the world and going back a few decades won’t change that. Only Jesus can change the sin in our world.
Other times we want to go back in time because we want to change the way something happened. We regret our actions, attitudes, or words. We’re sad about the way that we acted and the hurt we have caused to those close to us. As much as we wish we could change the things of the past we just can’t. But we can rest in the assurance that we are forgiven of our past mistakes, that God promises to use even our worst mistakes for our good (Romans 8:28), and that we are a work in progress. God will finish what He has started in our lives (Phil. 1:6).
I think that for some of us we wish that we could erase the need to do chores (at least I do). As much as I loathe cleaning and doing laundry that’s not going to go away–until the day that I die. But there are ways to find the good in the mundane. It’s not always easy but it is possible. Instead of pondering how on earth the laundry pile just keeps growing and growing or that the mountain of dirty dishes never seems to get lower than a mole hill we can be thankful.
We can use this time to thank God for the blessings that He has provided. Clothes, a way to get the clothes clean, enough clothes that we don’t have to wear the same thing every day (unless we want to), and warm clothes for these freezing cold days. We can thank God that we have food to eat, dishes to eat off of and pans to cook in. We can be thankful for the memories made in the kitchen. Each family member doing something to get the meal on the table. If we start thanking God during these dreaded tasks we may just find them a little bit easier to do.
So, I don’t really need magic soap to erase anything because I have Jesus. He takes away my sin and past mistakes. He helps transform me into His image day by day through the choices that I make and He gives me everything I need for this life and the next (2 Peter 1:3).
Until next time,