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More Than Water
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One summer when I was about 10 years old, the street in front of our home was torn up to put in new sewer lines. Large trucks, backhoes, and front loaders dug and pushed mountains of dirt all over the place. As a child, it looked like a giant playground. I was attracted to dirt like a magnet. So, after school each day, when the men left their work, my brothers and I played in the piles of earth left everywhere. We were told to stay away from their equipment, but could play on the irresistible mounds of brown dirt next to the road.

When suppertime rolled around, my mom would often call out the door, “It’s time to come in and get ready for supper!” I would run to the front door, swing it open and step into the kitchen where I was immediately told to strip down to my underclothes and go take a bath. “But Mom,” I would protest, “I’m not that dirty! Besides, I took a bath last night.” Mom didn’t budge. Mumbling to myself I would leave my pile of dirty clothes by the front door and go jump into the tub of clean water. When I was drying off, I faintly remember looking at the bathwater which changed to a dirty brown color and thinking, “Well, maybe I was a little dirty.”

Stains of Sin

We are like children who go out into the world each day and get dirty. When we come home to our Father’s house, we’re in of a need wash up. But like many children, we sometimes protest. “I don’t need a bath! I’m not that dirty!” We all too often are self-deceived and do not see just how deep the stains of sin are ground into our beings. We need more than a quick bath. We need more than water to wash away our iniquities. We need a powerful Agent to thoroughly cleanse us.

The Bible talks about a man who didn’t think he was that dirty. Listen to what Jesus told Nicodemus. “Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). When we come to our heavenly home, what a joy to know that our Father in heaven has cleansed us so we can enter in.

We may, with a repentant heart, know that we are cleansed. It takes more than water. I am so thankful the Lord offers the Holy Spirit who can purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

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