A couple of weeks ago I bought me a Jeep to drive. I’ve always thought I would like to drive a Jeep and it turns out, I was right. I do like to drive a Jeep. Now the color of my “new to me” Jeep is black. I really like black vehicles because when they are clean I think they look exceptionally nice. However, a black auto is very hard to keep clean. A black Jeep is exceptionally hard to keep clean. I remember when I bought the Jeep the dealer said I could come back later because he wanted to detail it for me. I told him it was clean enough but he insisted that it be cleaned again before I took it. My words to him were, “OK, but I want you to realize that the cleanest that Jeep will be the whole time I own it is when I drive it off of your lot.” Just a short two weeks later and he knows I was telling the truth every time I drive by. I give my vehicles a very good cleaning twice a year whether they need it or not. Now what does this have to do with Lent? Well quite a bit actually. You see, when we accept Jesus Christ, His shed blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness. At that very moment we are as clean from sin as we are ever going to be. But we still have a life to live in a sinful world and from time to time all our lives can use a little cleaning whether we think we need it or not. Lent is one of these cleaning opportunities. I hope you will take time during these 40 days of Lent and see what areas need some cleaning up in your life. I will be sure to be working on mine. I have found that a good spiritual cleaning twice a year does me a lot of good whether I think I need it or not.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Much love, John
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