“Just about everywhere I go,” Stan began, “there is a dispenser of hand sanitizer.”
“Really important to keep your hands clean,” I replied. “Best way to keep healthy. I wash mine all of the time and I use as much hand sanitizer as I can.”
“And don’t touch your face!” Stan added.
Continuing, he said, “Every time I see and use one of those dispensers of hand sanitizers, I am reminded of how much the Bible has to say about having clean hands.”
“The Bible talks about that?” I asked.
“Sure does,” Stan replied. “In both the Old and the New Testaments there is mention of the importance of coming before God with clean hands in the sense of cleansing myself of all sin and unrighteousness.”
“After all,” he continued, “God is holy and righteous. He has granted me the righteousness of Christ Jesus for when it is time for me to board the train and to step into eternity. I will be able to stand before God as fully righteous because I have accepted the finished work of Jesus on the cross.”
“In addition, God has gifted me with the Holy Spirit to help, guard, and guide me in the way of living on this side of eternity with clean hands while I wait for the train. Note that it is the Holy Spirit, with the emphasis on ‘Holy’! As I surrender to Him, He is fully capable of helping me live with clean hands and a pure heart.”
Concluding, Stan said, “The hand sanitizer helps keep my hands clean, but it only works if I use it. Same thing with my relationship with God though Christ by the leading of the Holy Spirit. It won’t get deeper and closer all by itself; I have to choose to have clean hands for it to happen.”
Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil. Isaiah 1:16.
Nevertheless the righteous shall hold to his way, and he who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger. Job 17:9
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that I will be able to stand before you in eternity as fully righteous and clean because of my acceptance of the finished work of Christ Jesus through His life, death, and resurrection. Thank you, too, for the presence of the Holy Spirit in me to help, guide, and guard me in the way of living on this side of eternity with clean hands and a pure heart. I confess that too often I choose not to have clean hands because I choose to go my way rather than your way. Please forgive me. And please, Father, help me in following every step of your lead so that I truly want to have clean hands in every aspect of my being. Not only want to have, but actually have. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: Keeping your hands clean is an essential way to keep physically healthy. The same is true to be spiritually healthy. What does it look like to have the clean hands God wants? Are your hands clean? Dirty? A little dirty? What to do?
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