Today in my sermon I asked if anyone cleaned up their house before their cleaning person came to clean their house. Just about all who had cleaning people admitted to that practice. Which is a little mind-bending for me, but I think I get it. You really don’t want anyone to see your mess, even if that someone is your cleaning person.
I brought it up as we were talking about confessing our sins rather than covering them up with denial, excuses, or justification. Do we have to try to clean up our lives before Jesus comes to clean up our lives (Malachi 3)? We can’t actually do that, since he knows what’s going on with us anyway. It’s better to confess, knowing that he’ll forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It’s better to confess, get it out on the table, knowing that he’ll clean it up.
I also talked about the importance of voicing your confession. To God. To each other. To a pastor on occasion. Getting it out there goes a long way towards appreciating his grace. It’s hard, but it’s worth it.
One of the boldest prayers of the bible is at the end of Psalm 139 where David invites God to poke around in his life and see if anything needs fixing or straightening out. How many of us would have the guts to pray that prayer?