We have one of those carpet cleaners that does a decent job of cleaning a carpet provided it isn’t very dirty.

If however, we’re are cleaning a really filthy carpet, we’re better off calling a professional service because our carpet cleaner is not designed to really get excessive ground in dirt out of a carpet.

Take a look.

That’s just the way it is.

It reminds me of something my Mom used to say re: her attempts at house cleaning. When she’d attempt to clean a room that was really dirty (which was all the time because my mom hated house cleaning), she’d look at the “still dirty” room, then look at us kids and say, “well at least it’s clean dirt.”

Hmmm. Clean dirt? Is there really such a thing?

Sometimes I wonder how God sees our attempts to clean up our lives. Does he call the mess we make “clean dirt?”

The problem we have is that we don’t really know how dirty we are nor how impossible it is to even try to clean our act up. Instead of cleaning up our lives about all we really can do is move the dirt around. We drop one sin and start another, or two.

Isaiah 64:6 says this: “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.”

We can’t get rid of the evil we do because, like our little upright carpet cleaner, we’re not adequate for the job. In other words, we’re not designed to clean up our lives let alone live lives the way God intended. The job is bigger than we think!

So we have to call on a professional – Jesus, that is – to do what we can’t. His death removed the dirt of our sins and his resurrection is also ours…our new life in Christ which gives us the power to do better.

It’s not a perfect analogy I know, but whenever I clean a carpet, I am reminded that I need Jesus to be cleansed and so does every other human who has ever been born.

The moral of the story is “don’t try this at home friends, He is a professional!” You can’t clean yourself up, who are you kidding?

But Jesus can. Yes, he’s also the only one who can make it happen.

“Salvation is found in no one else. For there is no other name given to man by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Something to think about.


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