Stains are everywhere. Just today I cleaned two kitty vomit stains, one potty training stain, two shirt stains and a bright pink stain on my handmade quilt. The work trying to salvage the stained items can become overwhelming. However, these are just the stains I allow myself to see.
I realize that there are many more stains from which I look the other way. Pen marks on the leather furniture, water stains on the wooden coffee table, spill stains on the SUV’s upholstery, oil stains on the driveway and sun stains all over my body (freckles). I’m surrounded by stains!
How could I possibly keep up with all of them? This thought makes me think of my spiritual stains. I probably make more spiritual stains in one day then I make material stains in a year. Does God ever tire of cleansing my spiritual stains? Do I show Him enough gratitude for caring so much for me? Do I allow God to cleanse me or do I hold onto my old stains? Does God actually enjoy cleaning my stains?
I believe God takes pride in caring for His children, though sometimes we are ungrateful. God has created the most effective stain cleaner around: salvation! He has given us the gift of Jesus Christ, which is the easiest and most effective way of cleansing us. Because of Christ, our stains are not only covered, but they are erased indefinitely.
When I think of the tiny material stains that surround my life, I am more appreciative of Christ’s sacrifice and the love God has shown us for giving us Jesus. Keeping up with material stains may be overwhelming, but keeping up with spiritual stains would be impossible.
“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
– Psalm 51:2 (NIV)
“Lord, thank you for constantly washing away my spirituals stains and cleansing me of my sins. I do not take for granted the price Jesus Christ’s salvation and the freedom of guilt it has given me. Help me to release the stains of my past, specifically…”
Alisa Hope Wagner