Power cleaning my life – Luke 6:17-19
Luke 6:17-19 : Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place; and there was a large crowd of His disciples, and a great throng of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were being cured. And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all.
We are about to attempt to sell our house and to improve our chances we have been cleaning up the inside and the outside and removing many years of clutter. It is starting to look amazing, just in time to move out!! But the cleaning process is taking a while, it is tiring messy work that requires us to just keep sloggin away at it. One job I had was water blasting our wooden deck in the back yard. The jet was about an inch wide and so to remove the grime I had to carefully move the inch wide high powered jet of water back and forth. It took several sessions and many hours, but the result is stunning – one clean deck!
As I immerse myself in Luke 6:17-19 what stands out is how many people seek after Jesus to be healed. Some are healed of disease and others of ‘unclean spirits’. Unclean in the greek is <i>akathartos</i> which means foul and impure, referring to the sin that keeps us from God. When I began this journey deeper into God’s Word I was challenged to face my sin, all that is impure within me. And now, many months later I can see how absolutely essential this process of facing my sin is. It is central to drawing close to God, it is a major theme within the Bible (Jesus died on the cross so that I might be washed anew!) and it is key to my growth and development as a Christian.
My wooden deck is like my life, the grime being my sin, accumulated over many years. And the high powered water jet is the Word of God! God is revealing practices and behaviours built up over many years that I need to face, confess and have removed!
This is a tough process, but I know that through it I am drawing closer to God and becoming more of what He intends of me.
And I praise God for that!
Rev Mark Brown
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