Like all mornings, I wake up earlier than I want.  I either lay in bed for a while fighting restlessness, or I give in and start my day.  This morning was a bit chilly so, I decided to remain cozy and warm until I gave into the urge to put my feet on the ground.  As I laid there, I talked to God, and began to say and ask my daily repeated Psalm.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10

This verse is dear to me.  It was one of the first verses that I was captivated by when Jesus began to change my heart.  Every day that goes by, I pray and trust Psalm 51 wholeheartedly.  I think of it as a vacuum cleaner, sucking up all the unseen dust-bunnies, cobwebs, and crumbs from every corner, crack, and crevice of my heart.  Like moving furniture, we make sure even the darkest areas are cleaned that go unnoticed.  And don’t forget under the rug, thats where we sweep all the tiny things we don’t want to deal with.  Today, I asked for the bleach.

As life has gone by in my 44 years, there have been regretful choices that I remember, and some that I do not.  Maybe I gossiped, or was manipulative, or maybe I said something rude or mean that is impossible for my mind to reach and remember. Hidden dirt. Maybe I hurt someone that I didn’t know I even hurt, or caused an argument between others that I wasn’t even a part of, physically.  Maybe I said something about someone to make myself look better.  Although I don’t remember the details or even the events of these actions, I do know that it is very likely.  I can almost guarantee it.  So why would you clean something that you don’t even know, or think, is dirty?  You probably wouldn’t.  That’s where the bleach comes in…and where Jesus does what He came to do, make me white as snow.  What a picture of truth!

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.  “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”  Isaiah 1:18

Now, have you ever had your restaurant bill taken care of?  Someone else picked up the tab, and unknowing you have no idea what your portion cost.  You ordered an app, a main dish, a couple of drinks, and maybe a dessert.  You could probably figure it out by doing quick math…then add on the tax and tip.  It’s always such nice a gesture when someone does that for you, and it makes the experience a little more special, because you feel…special.  Now, imagine all the meals you’ve eaten in your lifetime, and imagine someone paying that bill….wow!  Steaks, lobsters, maybe some expensive wine? That would be impossible to tally, because how could you even remember all the desserts, drinks, and meals you’ve ordered over your lifetime?  But it’s probably a lot more than you could ever imagine.

If our sin was line-itemed, what do you think they would cost?

Gossip? – $10,

Bad word? – $5,

A lie? – $50,

A huge sin?  – $1000

Truth is, all these cost the same, and ALL of these were paid-in-full by Jesus Christ.  He not only paid for our past sins, but has paid for our future ones, as well. Pays & cleans! Those of you that want a housekeeper, or a sugar-daddy in your life…maybe the housekeeper and sugar-daddy you need most is Jesus Christ.  We need all the help we can get, because no matter how much cleaning we do on our own, and how much money we make, we can never clean, and provide, like He does.

He paid it all.  He washes us white as snow. Hallelujah! 🙌🏻

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