Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 23)
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:7-9 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, 'He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean.'
John 13:10 (NKJV)
When belief in Christ takes away our sins, what a stunning miracle we receive. God cleanses us from all unrighteousness. No matter the stupid mistakes we've made. No matter the dirty words we've spoken. No matter the people we've hurt or wronged.
God loves, forgives and chooses to forget... if we choose to trust and follow His Son. To me, this extraordinary blessing can only be topped by Heaven itself: a dazzling life with Jesus among kin. The Bible gives us hints of coming joy--without tears, pain, darkness, evil or sin.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider each of the listed steps in the Lord's cleansing process for us (detailed in 1 John 1:7-9). Assuming we've been baptized in Christ:
1) We walk in the light behind Jesus, seen by continuing in His Word and patterning our lives by His.
2) We maintain fellowship with our kin. The body of Christ is a unit, and it is not meant to work alone.
3) As a heart pumps blood through a body, Christ's Blood reaches each part of His Own: cleansing and revitalizing us.
4) When we feel holier than others, seeing sin everywhere but in us, we're no longer walking in His Truth.
5) When we sin, if confess our sins with genuine, heartfelt repentance, He cleanses us again and again.
FOOTNOTE: When Jesus says we must wash our feet (said to Peter in John 13:10), He is referring to worldliness.* The world's pollution will cling to us if we do not purposefully wash.
'Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you' (James 1:27, NLT). How do we refuse this corruption? Recognize it and don't believe it.
'Little children, keep yourselves from idols' (1 John 5:21, NKJV).
To Be Continued...
* Ellicott's Commentary on John 13:10: 'The man who has been bathed is clean, but his feet coming in contact with the dust of the road need to be washed. It was so morally. They had been cleansed; their whole moral life had been changed, but they were liable to the corruption of every-day life through which they walked, and needed to be cleansed from the pollution of it.' http://biblehub.com/commentaries/john/13-10.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.