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Dirty Rags

Every few weeks I have the task of cutting Marci’s hair. She is never too excited to get groomed. At times she will try to run away because she knows after her hair clipping comes the bath. During the whole ordeal of getting Marci clean, she manages to get me all dirty. When all is said and done, my clothing is all wet and covered with hair so I end up needing a shower.

We all need a cleaning, but a different kind of cleaning. But when Jesus takes off our dirty rags, He does not then become dirty. He is righteous. He is holy. When we encounter Jesus, when we put our trust in Him, when we allow Him to move in our lives, the Bible says that we become “white as snow.” We become righteous.

Today, praise the Lord for reaching out and removing those dirty rags you were carrying around. Thank Him for cleaning you up so that you are free to live a life with His righteousness. If you are still carrying around those dirty rags, understand you don’t have to carry them any longer: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NIV).

“We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” – Isaiah 64:6 [NLT]

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18 [ESV]

Old Shorts

As you look through old clothing, you might find a pair of old shorts that are not even able to be donated. They are beyond salvageable. They are discolored. They are frayed. They have holes. The fabric is worn hard and perhaps stained. They are worthless.

God had Jeremiah take a linen belt, or for us to better understand, some linen shorts, and wear them without any washing. Then he was directed to take them off and hide them. When they were retrieved, they were worthless because they did not receive the proper care.

The people of God, which includes us today, are to cling to God. But like the people of this time, the people that went from clinging to God and His Law to burying themselves in idolatry and sin, we have a great problem with corruption that can take away our worth to the Kingdom. Thankfully, Jesus Christ can wash us and we become as white as snow. When we come to know Christ, we do not have to be a pair of old shorts. We are made new. We are forgiven. We are redeemed. We are restored.

 

God told me, “Go and buy yourself some linen shorts. Put them on and keep them on. Don’t even take them off to wash them.” So I bought the shorts as God directed and put them on. Then God told me, “Take the shorts that you bought and go straight to Perath and hide them there in a crack in the rock.” So I did what God told me and hid them at Perath. Next, after quite a long time, God told me, “Go back to Perath and get the linen shorts I told you to hide there.” So I went back to Perath and dug them out of the place where I had hidden them. The shorts by then had rotted and were worthless.

-Jeremiah 13:1-7 [MSG]

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All Things New


“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
– 2 Corinthians 5:17 [NIV]

Life is very unpredictable. One minute everything can be a certain way, and then the next minute life has changed. Things are then different and at times we are not too happy with the way everything has occurred.

The other day I took my dog for a walk. It was so beautiful outside by the lake. The sun was shining. The leaves on the trees were bright and colorful. I took so many photos of God’s beautiful creation. Everything seemed almost perfect.

The next day things dramatically changed. The temperature decreased and the snow came. Snow in October– quite a shock! We were not accustomed to this type of weather this early on. Even worse, the leaves were still on the trees. When the snow collected on the leaves, the weight was too much for the tree to handle. The beautiful trees snapped with the pressure. No longer was it so beautiful outside by the lake. Fallen trees and broken branches were everywhere.

Life is short and we cannot be certain what will happen next. There are people who leave their house in the morning and do not return. There are people who eat lunch and do not realize it will be their last. There are some people who spend decades planning their retirement but never will reach retirement age. Then there are others who put so much stock in their money and in the blink of an eye it is all lost.

Today I returned to the lake. The broken tree branches were removed. The wreckage was cleaned up. I know that the lake will be fine and that the trees will be as good as new. God makes all things new. The question is– do you want to be new or do you want to remain a broken branch dangling from the tree? Like those trees still with their leaves, we cannot support all the weight of the snow in our lives. But no worries, for God can do anything. Give Him the chance.

“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” -Revelation 21:4-7 [NIV]