“For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me” (Psalm 51:3).
As a homeschooling family, does it seem like your laundry is an endless assignment that never gets completed? As my son and I finished the last load one morning before starting school, my daughter walked in with yet another basket of dirty clothes. With his sense of accomplishment deflated once again, my son turned to me and said, “I think taking care of dirty laundry is like fighting against sin. There’s always one more waiting to be cleaned.”
My son’s analogy may have seemed trite, but the more I thought about it, I realized how much he was correct. Until Christ returns, we will continue to fight temptation as we live in sinful, fallen bodies. Although the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer, the dirty ugliness of sin is constantly revealed in our lives. Like another basket full of unclean clothes, our sins must be confessed daily and cleansed before the Lord (1 John 1:9).
Is it time to start another load of wash in your spiritual life this morning? Even though the battle may seem to never end, take heart. One day we will receive glorified bodies and stand before the Lord washed in the blood of the Lamb. Praise God, there will be an end to sin and the dirty mess it causes! “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).
Father God, how I look forward to the day when sin and death are forever defeated! Today, I cry out once again like David, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2). In the name of Jesus, Amen.