TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
“let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Hebrews 10:22 ESV
“Did you know that ever since 1811 (when someone who had defrauded the government anonymously sent $5 to Washington D.C. to ease their conscience) the U.S. Treasury has operated a Conscience Fund? Since that time almost $5.7 million has been received from guilt-ridden citizens.” (Chuck Swindoll, The Quest For Character)
The author of Hebrews uses the analogy of “our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience.” This image is taken from the sacrificial ceremonies of the Old Covenant. The priests were continually washing themselves and the sacred vessels in the basins of clear water, and blood was continually being sprinkled as a sign of cleansing. But all the cleansing, whether with water or blood, was external. Only Jesus can cleanse a person’s heart and conscience. By His Spirit He cleanses the innermost thoughts and desires. The perfect tense of both verbs in this passage (sprinkled and washed) describes actions accomplished in past and continuing in the benefit.
When we place our faith in Christ, He washes us clean and we no longer need to live with a guilty conscience. Jesus never brings up our past sins and He no longer holds them against us.
We all need to be washed by Jesus. “Wash me!” was the anguished prayer of King David. “Wash!” was the message of John the Baptist. And “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me,” said the towel-draped Jesus to Peter. We all need to be washed but once we have been washed, we can move on in a relationship with God.
If you have placed your faith in Jesus, you are forgiven. In the message on Sunday we were reminded; 1) Don’t wait until you feel worthy to talk to God; 2) Don’t wait until you feel qualified to serve God; 3) Don’t wait until you feel right to do right. Which of those three areas are you most likely to struggle with when you feel unworthy? Draw near to Jesus and ask for His help in that area.