Do you know that you are washed clean? Like, spotless? When Christ took on all of our sin and died on the cross, and then rose again to bring us new life, He did so in a way that completely purifies. If you know this, or claim to anyways, then I have one simple question for you…
Why do you call yourself unclean?
“But the voice answered a second time from heaven. ‘What God has cleansed and pronounced clean, do not you defile and profane by regarding or calling it common or unhallowed or unclean.”-Acts 11:9 (AMP)
How often do you compare yourself to others and in doing so consider yourself “common”, or nothing special?
How many times are you reminded of the person you were before Christ, and become haunted by it, worrying that there may come a day where you find yourself cloaked in sin once more?
I know I can’t be the only one who, without realizing it, finds herself in these head and heart spaces. But let me challenge you the way the Spirit challenged me upon reading this verse in Acts…
Who are you to call unclean what I have made clean?
Take a second to let the fist come out of your gut on that one. He didn’t wash us clean for us to walk around still calling ourselves dirty. The word “cleansed” here, a verb, means to make clean, cleanse: in a moral sense to free from defilement of sin and from faults.
HE has cleansed you, set you free from defilement of sin and from faults, so why do you hold onto your shame? Why do you continue to count yourself as the least valuable person in any and all circumstances and refuse to stand up and take care of yourself like the beloved child you are?
This, my friends, is what it looks like to live out your undefiled life. Not because you are capable of making only pure and right choices, but because of the One who did a dang good job washing you white as snow thousands of years ago.
So again, let me ask, who are you to call yourself unclean? Common? Unworthy? Go to your Savior with a humble heart and ask Him to show you just what He did for you.