Made Clean

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

I will sprin­kle clean wa­ter on you, and you will be clean. Ezekiel 36:25 When I opened our dish­washer, I won­dered what went wrong. In­stead of see­ing sparkling clean dishes, I re­moved plates and glasses that were covered in a chalky dust. I won­dered if the hard wa­ter in our area was wreak­ing havoc, or if the ma­chine was bro­ken.

God’s cleans­ing, un­like that faulty dish­washer, washes away all of our im­pu­ri­ties. We see in the book of Ezekiel that God is call­ing His peo­ple back to Him­self as Ezekiel shared God’s mes­sageof love and for­give­ness. The Is­raelites had sinned as they pro­claimed their al­le­giance to other gods and other na­tions. The Lord, how­ever, was mer­ci­ful in wel­com­ing them back to Him­self. He promised to cleanse them “from all [their] im­pu­ri­ties and all [their] idols” (36:25). As He put His Spirit in them (v. 27), He would bring them to a place of fruit­ful­ness, not famine (v. 30). God, teach me to sub­mit to You daily that I might grow more and more closely into the like­ness of Je­sus. As in the days of the prophet Ezekiel, today the Lord wel­comes us back to Him if we go astray. When we sub­mit our­selves to His will and His ways, He trans­forms us as He washes us clean from our sins. With His Holy Spirit dwelling within us, He helps us to fol­low Him day by day.

Lord God, the feel­ing of be­ing cleansed and for­given is like no other. Thank You for trans­form­ing meinto a new per­son. Teach me to sub­mit to You daily that I might grow more and more closely into the like­ness of Je­sus.

The Lord makes us clean.

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