By: Tim Sader
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
Last week we learned what Jesus said concerning us giving and the kind of gifts we give. Our gifts when we give should be good gifts because that is how God gives so our giving should reflect Him. God blessed us with everything so when we give it is like God visiting them. As children we were disappointed if we got a bad gift. Mostly we got good gifts because our parents loved us and when God gives He gives His best so we should too. The poor widow wasn’t noticed for the amount she gave but because she gave her best like we should. When we generously give our best it is a memorial offering to God. Our giving represents the Lord so we shouldn’t give what we wouldn’t want. God gives what is perfect so if someone has a need don’t give hand me downs and leftovers give what’s best and He will bless us to do more good. The gift God gave to us is Christ who through Him we are made clean. The man with leprosy was unclean because of a skin disease and he knew if he went to Jesus that Jesus would make him clean. Today we can do the same as this man and Jesus will tell us to Be Clean and we will be cleansed.
People that really love their cars spend time to keep the car in top shape. Every Saturday they wash it to make sure it’s looking good. What if washing it was all they did to the car? There is more to a car then what it looks like on the outside if the inside is dirty it still is not clean. That car also has an engine and if it is not properly cared for how clean it is means nothing; the car is useless. We are like cars and dishes cleaning the outside of us only does not make us clean we have to maintain what is under our skin to be clean (Matthew 23:25-26). One way to be clean inside is by doing what we talked about last week. When we are generous it is like being refreshed from inside the soul it cleans everything (Luke 11:41). Another way we are made clean Jesus tells us is through the words He speaks to us (John 15:3). We are made clean through the word of God it is like soap for the soul if we apply it to our lives it cleans us. Remember though if His words make us clean negative words spoken that we agree with or the ones we speak can make us dirty. Christ loved us enough to shed His blood to make us holy; cleansing us like we are washed by the water of His word (Ephesians 5:26). To be washed in this way we must know Christ and follow His word or we are not clean. We cannot be made clean without the sprinkling of blood to cover the things that make us unclean. Christ shed His blood for us so how much will His blood cleanse our souls from the unrighteousness that makes us dirty (Hebrews 9:13-14)? To Be Clean means we have been washed by the sprinkling of Christ’s blood and if we will go to Him we will stay that way. He is willing so if we do what we must our dish will be washed and we will be clean inside like we are on the outside.
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Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27