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When my children were very young, we used to give them a bath every evening. There were a couple of reasons for this the first being that it was a great way to relax them before bedtime. The second reason was because after playing all day long they were dirty (especially Spring through Fall). If I would have bathed them as soon as they came in for lunch, it would have been silly because they would have gone outside and gotten dirty all over again. Doing it at night got all the dirt from the day off and let them rest feeling clean. This week I am looking at the fact that only God is holy, and when we come to the realization that we are not holy and we need a Savior we are made clean. Today, I want to take a look at the barrier that sin makes between us and God. Please read Isaiah 1:10-20.
Those ten verses are not easy to read! It is much nicer to focus on the love God has for us than to see how He feels about sin. I want to point out that these verses are directed at His chosen people - Israel. These are people that know of Him but have chosen not to follow His law. It would be very easy for those of us who say we are Christian to dismiss these verses because they were written for a disobedient Israel; however, I believe that every Christian has a lot to learn from these verses. First, we need to remember that all who believe that our salvation comes from Christ becomes a child of God. We are part of God's special possession and learn in Ephesians that Jews and Christians who believe are united with Christ in an unprecedented way. Second, these verses show us what is important to God's heart.
God wants obedience. He wants obedience from the heart, He doesn't want ritual. He wants us to look beyond ourselves and to care about others. Yes, we receive forgiveness through Christ and we become new, but that is supposed to change what we do. James 1:22 says, "Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James goes on to write that the person who listens but doesn't do what it says is like a man who studies himself in the mirror and immediately forgets what he looks like when he walks away. God is holy and He created us in His image and He doesn't want us to forget that truth. Let's not forget the new creature God created us to be and let's be what He made us to be!
Are you living a life that reflects God's glory?
This post is linked up with On Your Heart Tuesdays and Soli Deo Gloria.