2004-06-26 - Clean as You Go
Tonight we send another from our retired writer Sandi. I think this is an ever-poignant one.
1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (KJV)
I used to work in a restaurant. Actually, I worked in several - but the one rule that was the hardest to keep when it was busy and the pace was fast, was to "clean as you go". Otherwise, things were hard to find, and there would be nowhere clean to set things down. I also enjoy cooking and baking, as a matter of fact, I sometimes cook 30+ meals at a time to stick in my freezer. This is time-consuming and takes some preparation, but I have found that the most important thing to do is to ... clean as I go. Otherwise, I have nowhere to set things down, and the surface area where I prepare food is dirty and could contaminate my food. My husband is a helicopter mechanic, as well as a co-owner in our business. He is a neat and orderly man. He always knows where to find his tools, his work bench is always neat and clean when he leaves it, because he has found that the best way to be able to find everything, is to clean as he goes.
We have 3 sons ... their rooms are pretty much disaster areas, and short of calling in the Nat'l Guard to find those children, we are trying to teach them that the best way and the easiest way to have a somewhat orderly room is to clean as they go. The principle works the same with our spiritual lives. We get busy with things, and quite often we forget to stop what we are doing and take care of the sins that place stumbling blocks in our path and the paths of those behind us. Unfortunately, if we allow sins to stack up, often we forget about them later when we do pray, and they remain in our souls - laying there until Christ brings them to our attention. David said, "Search my heart and see if there be any wicked way;" because he knew the necessity of having a clean heart. Christ said that if we confess our sins, that He is faithful to forgive them....not some of them - but all of them. But it is our job to take the time to talk with Him about them - not justify them, not excuse them....rather, confess them. And then He will start the cleansing process, to mold us to fit the image that He has created for us. But only if we are willing to clean as we go.