“Go wash your hands for dinner.”
“Go! Wash your hands for dinner.”
At my second directive, my young daughter huffed and said, “I just washed them yesterday.”
Her argument was logical―to her. We may chuckle at this childish thinking, but we can be guilty of the same rationale—especially in regard to sin.
Doesn’t it make sense that if my past, present, and future sins are forgiven at the point of salvation that I shouldn’t need to ask for forgiveness again? I’m prewashed, aren’t I?
Today’s text reveals the unfathomable truth that God forgives all of our sin the moment we receive Christ as our Savior. When we become God’s children, we receive His DNA and our eternal inheritance. God removes the “For Sale” sign on our heavenly home and erects a “Sold” sign in its place. Our eternal home is secured and is our real estate from that moment forward.
Future sin won’t change our relationship with God—but it will break our fellowship. If we desire to grow in our relationship with Him, it’s necessary to confess our sins as soon as we become aware of them. We confess them not to maintain salvation, but to restore our fellowship with our Father.
After my daughter had washed her hands, I said, “Let me see your hands.”
She lifted her hands―palms up, then palms down.
“Okay. They’re clean. You can take your seat at the table.”
If we follow God’s directive to daily cleanse our hearts as well as our hands, we can take our rightful place at His table and continually enjoy His fellowship.
Time to wash up!
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