If you live in the country, I amÂ sure you know the value of a reliableÂ truck. I feel extra confidence when IÂ f lick on my 4×4 to travel on muddy orÂ snowy roads. It is a wonderful thingÂ to get from point A to point B withoutÂ problems.
Travelling on muddy roads makesÂ my truck dirty. I wash it and wax itÂ to make it look shiny, but sadly, thereÂ is never enough time to get the insideÂ cleaned too. As no one else will see theÂ dust, dog hair and food wrappers inÂ my truck, surely itâ€™s clean enough forÂ now. Do you ever think this way?
This reminds me of how I used to liveÂ my life and how others still live theirs.Â We think we need trendy clothes, theÂ newest hairstyle, the latest cell phone,Â and the right partner to look good. WeÂ can look good on the outside, but it isÂ the inside that really matters. HavingÂ a good looking truck that is filled withÂ rubbish isnâ€™t really clean.
God can see what is on the inside.Â He says that our hearts are wickedÂ (Jeremiah 17:9). Sinful thingsÂ continually proceed out of them: lying,Â cheating, pride, laziness, hatred andÂ unbelief in Godâ€™s word (Matthew 15:19).Â God knows our motives. He knows ifÂ we have a genuine care or are merelyÂ trying to promote ourselves. He sees theÂ things done in secret (Hebrews 4:13).
My truck can be fully appreciatedÂ when it is being used for its intendedÂ purpose and when it is clean insideÂ and out. Without Godâ€™s salvation, weÂ are under His condemnation. We areÂ guilty. Sin controls us. No matter howÂ good we look on the outside, God seesÂ the whole package.
If you have never recognized yourÂ need to repent before a holy God, IÂ encourage you to do so today. As aÂ holy and good judge, He cannot let sinÂ go unpunished (Romans 6:23). BecauseÂ He loves us, God sent His Son, theÂ Lord Jesus Christ, to pay for our sinÂ on the cross. He is the only one whoÂ can make us clean. He is the only oneÂ who can take us from point A (Earth)Â to point B (Heaven). I encourage you toÂ turn to Him today because the bloodÂ of Jesus Christ â€œcleanses us from all sinâ€Â (1 John 1:7).
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