i spend the day writing.

usually in a posture of eyes close, focusing while also not focusing, letting the words flow, allowing the scriptures bubble up from my heart, allowing the Spirit to move and mold and shape.

and the background noise at this time is the dishwasher.  the water flowing, the occasionally increase in water pressure, getting the grime and food particles off the plate so it can be clean to be used again.

and it strikes me.

it struck me so fast and quick, i stopped writing the other thing to write this thing.

God’s work in my life is like the dishwasher.

flowing water, heated (oh those trials in life), spraying the cleanser of the Word of God over the surfaces of my heart.

All so i can go out again, clean, to serve again.

A dirty plate can still serve, but it can also spread disease, discomfort, and alter the taste of the next food on the plate.

only a clean plate can present the food in the cook’s intended form.

this is not to say we will not get dirty again.  just as the plate will get dirty every time it is used, so will we.  we are all sinners.  and we will be until heaven.

but the more we allow the heated (trials), cleanser-filled (Word of God), water of the Spirit to wash over us time and time and time and time again, we will continue to taint everything we do.

stopping long enough to be cleansed can be hard.  but just as the dish that sits and gets harder to clean as time passes, our hearts and minds get harder the clean the longer we wait.

the continual cleanse of the Father is one that i encourage you to participate.  each individually seeking the cleansing, we can then come together in more powerful service, as the purity of the gospel message can be presented against the background of His holy church.

“And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.” –Leviticus 20:26


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