If you live in the country, I am sure you know the value of a reliable truck. I feel extra confidence when I f lick on my 4×4 to travel on muddy or snowy roads. It is a wonderful thing to get from point A to point B without problems.
Travelling on muddy roads makes my truck dirty. I wash it and wax it to make it look shiny, but sadly, there is never enough time to get the inside cleaned too. As no one else will see the dust, dog hair and food wrappers in my truck, surely it’s clean enough for now. Do you ever think this way?
This reminds me of how I used to live my life and how others still live theirs. We think we need trendy clothes, the newest hairstyle, the latest cell phone, and the right partner to look good. We can look good on the outside, but it is the inside that really matters. Having a good looking truck that is filled with rubbish isn’t really clean.
God can see what is on the inside. He says that our hearts are wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). Sinful things continually proceed out of them: lying, cheating, pride, laziness, hatred and unbelief in God’s word (Matthew 15:19). God knows our motives. He knows if we have a genuine care or are merely trying to promote ourselves. He sees the things done in secret (Hebrews 4:13).
My truck can be fully appreciated when it is being used for its intended purpose and when it is clean inside and out. Without God’s salvation, we are under His condemnation. We are guilty. Sin controls us. No matter how good we look on the outside, God sees the whole package.
If you have never recognized your need to repent before a holy God, I encourage you to do so today. As a holy and good judge, He cannot let sin go unpunished (Romans 6:23). Because He loves us, God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to pay for our sin on the cross. He is the only one who can make us clean. He is the only one who can take us from point A (Earth) to point B (Heaven). I encourage you to turn to Him today because the blood of Jesus Christ “cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
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