Dust! Wouldn’t it be nice if those particles wouldn’t settle where we have to deal with them? We just get the dust wiped up, and we already have to clean again.
After twenty-two years of wear, we were in need of new carpeting and tile. We thought a good time to have that done would be while we were gone away for about a week. Then we would be out of the workers’ way, and when we came home we would be greeted with a brand new look. Wrong conclusion!
On our return, we found everything in the house was covered with sawdust. It came from the carpet that was torn up, and from the sub-flooring that was needed before laying the new kitchen tile. Instead of cutting and sanding the sub-flooring outside, the workers did it inside. What a mess! We were naďve in understanding how the job would be done, and consequently we had not covered the furniture or shelves or closed the bedroom doors. I would have to wipe everything clean individually. What a daunting dusting job I had ahead of me!
Every day we need some dusting done in our lives. We need Jesus to wipe the heaviness of this world from our heart. Because we are human, we fail. To stand right before a Holy God, Jesus’ blood is needed to cleanse us. Unlike I, who would have to work feverishly to accomplish the dusting, Jesus has no problem with cleansing our hearts, but, in fact, is more than willing. He daily stands waiting to wipe away our sorrows and refresh us.
Jesus does a better cleaning job than I could ever dust any item; sometimes I miss the corners or overlook a shelf. Not Him. He knows all the places that need some touch up. Don’t let that frighten you; that’s a good thing. Our hearts need to be clean for us to get into heaven. As we open up to Him and allow Him to wipe away our sins, wrong desires, neglect, the lust of our eyes, and our pride, we will find Him not only faithful to clean us, but to also draw us near to Him.
To get rid of dust, we have to wipe it away. To get rid of those things that hinder us in our spiritual growth, we must allow Jesus to do what He does best–wipe our hearts clean with His blood. So the next time you pick up your dusting wand, remember that Jesus also is waiting to wipe you clean. Stop, and allow Him to do what He does best.
Florence Simmons writes to glorify God and to help believers toward a deeper relationship with Christ. Florence can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and www.common-sensewisdom.com
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