9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean,
I am pure from my sin”?
The short answer here is simple, no one cans say they have made their hearts clean, that they are pure from their sin. Jeremiah said that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Jesus came to die for sinners; He did not come to die for good people but for wicked and sinful people. Jesus said, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” While we know all of this to be true, let’s take an honest look at our own hearts.
Whenever you see a person living in sin’s darkness do you see yourself or are you glad you are not that bad? Whenever you hear about someone suffering because of their sinful lifestyle, do you conclude that they are getting their just reward or does your heart go out to them in pity and compassion? I fear that most of the time we look down on those whose sin appears worse than our own. I fear we are quick to cast judgment on those suffering because of their sinful choices when we have made righteous choices and do not suffer as they do. (Maybe you are above this but I know the pride of my self-righteous heart.)
The timeless truth is this, none of us can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin” In Romans 6 & 7 Paul reminds us of the awful propensities of our flesh. Even though we have died to sin we still battle with our flesh in such a way that at times it feels like we cannot do what we should while we always do what we should not do. Perhaps our sin battles are not in front of everyone else, perhaps we have maintained a level of respectability because we can keep our sin hidden. Nonetheless, we cannot make ourselves pure, we cannot clean up our hearts sinful desires.
So how do we compare to those whose sin is front and center in their lives? On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst person you have ever met, where is your heart, the desires of your flesh? How successful have your attempts at cleaning up your heart been? Let’s be honest, we are pretty miserable too. Our only glory is in the work of Christ who knowing all of our sin and all of our propensities to sin gave His sinless life to set us free from sin’s bondage and from sin’s penalty. We did not do anything to procure our salvation, we relied on God’s amazing grace and He came through to take away our sin from before Him.
As we look around us today, let’s put our faces on the sinners we see, let us see ourselves in their predicament then thank God for saving us while reaching out a hand in love the help them up and out of their sin. No, we did not make our own hearts clean and neither can anyone else. Those who need a hand up need the Savior’s hand to lift them out of their sin just as He lifted us up out of ours.
On Monday night we said goodbye to Stefani. She made it safely to Sacramento this morning. God oversaw a couple of snafus and we are thankful for His oversight of all things. Our place is quieter now and even Jared is missing his sister.
Pray today for our friends Zachary and Lea; they are missionary candidates waiting permission to come to the US for flight training. In the mean time, two of their three children have come down with fevers. This family lives very tightly as they await God’s open doors. Pray for healing of the their children and provision for all of their needs.
Saturday night is our night of praise and worship. We are inviting people to come, sing, bring a song, and to enjoy the Lord and His word together. The singing begins at 6:00. I hope to see many of you there.
Have a great day in the Lord