Published July 14, 2015

Shelia Shares
"Coming Clean"

"I hope I get to heaven."

Ever heard anyone say that? They are implying that they have been trying to do things right. They think they might have done enough to get to God. They have certainly given it their best try.

Our home bathtub is over 40 years old. It has had some hard use from a family of four. When I try to clean the tub, it takes quite a bit of elbow grease. I need proper cleaning materials and lots of energy. Some cleaning supplies work better than others.

But, no matter how hard I scrub, the tub is never absolutely clean. Sometimes it looks better but it is not totally clean.

The only way to have a tub with no scum and no sign of wear and tear is to replace it with a brand new tub.

In our Christian lives, we can scrub as hard as possible. We can give until we have kept nothing of our own. We can spend our lives preaching and teaching for Christ. We can live good lives that everyone admires. We can do and do and do until our life ends on this earth.

However, we don't have a right relationship with God unless we go through the only One who is truly spotless and righteous. We need to accept the forgiveness provided through the blood of Jesus, which provides cleansing for us.

Romans 3:10 says, "As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one...'" (Translate that to "there is no one clean.")

2 Corinthians 5:17 reads, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (Through Christ we can become totally clean. We can be brand new.)

We read in Romans 3: 23: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." That is pretty dismal. But, if we read further in verse 24, we see the way to cleansing, "Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."

You can't clean yourself no matter how hard you try. You can accept the free gift that comes through Jesus Christ, eliminating all the scum and all the wear and tear from sin. Jesus is waiting for you.

- Shelia

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