and I shall be whiter than snow" Psalm 51:7
We recently had our patio, sidewalks and entire exterior of the house power washed. Bryan did a great job and everything looks sparkling clean. As you can see from the photo, the ugly stained black on our patio is being washed away by the power of the spray, leaving the nice, clean surface that we enjoy seeing.
There's one thing you can count on from life on this ole earth -- everything gets soiled and dirty. No sooner do you run a dust cloth over your furniture than new dust immediately starts settling on its surface. Our nice clean patio will start staining again as soon as the Fall leaves begin to accumulate on it. We do our best to keep things clean, but our acts of cleaning are never a permanent solution.
There is, however, one cleansing that is permanent. When Jesus came to earth to become our Savior, He came to offer a permanent solution to the stain of sin that darkens every person's soul. In John 1:29, it says, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" and later, in 1 John 1:7, it says, "...the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."
So, when a person asks Jesus to be his Savior and forgive his sins, the ugly stained black heart that resides within that person (for even the nicest person is born with a heart of sin), is immediately "Power washed" by the greatest Power that exists -- the Power of God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ. The great thing about being Power washed by God is that He seals that cleansed heart for all eternity, and once you are saved and cleansed by the blood of Jesus, you will always be saved. In Isaiah 1:18, God says, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."
While this salvation cleansing of the soul is permanent, as long as we remain on this sinful earth with all its dirt flying around, we will get dirty again -- meaning we will sin from time to time (make that daily). When that occurs, Jesus is gracious and ready to forgive. 1 John 1:9:
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." He is ready to cleanse and forgive over and over and over.
None of us like being dirty -- unless you're a kid playing in a pile of sand or making mud pies. Stay close to the Saviour who is the only one with the ability to make us cleansed indeed. Now, that's what I call a real Power Washing!