My son came home from school with a frown on his face. It took him a while to talk about it after my inquiry, but when he was ready he shared that he had made a mistake when answering a math question and the teacher got a little angry with him. This wasn’t his normal teacher and I think maybe somehow she thought he was just guessing or fooling around and not paying attention. Either way, because my son takes things very seriously it hurt his feelings so much he didn’t even want to go to school the next day.
This situation reminded me of these verses.
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor. 6:9-11)
In this situation both the teacher and my son made a mistake. He was hard on himself for getting the answer wrong and I have no doubt the teacher would be hard on herself had she known how much her response hurt my son. We all make mistakes. We sin. We disappoint others. We fail. BUT look closely at the three words in verse 11 above. We are washed, sanctified and justified. What does that mean exactly. Those words sound good, but have you ever really thought about their meaning?
Washed – “cleansed by water, to remove dirt, the action of using water to separate valuable material.”
Love this! God washes us free from all the dirt, sin and yuck we get ourselves into everyday. He pans the dirt for gold! The gold that He knows exist in our hearts because He created us and dwells within us.
Sanctified – “set apart for a sacred purpose, free from sin”
Well, we all know that we aren’t free from sin on our own. We have been bought with the blood of Christ and set apart from others when we believe in Him. You have a sacred purpose! Does that give you goose bumps?!
Justified: “to prove or show to be just, right, reasonable. To judge or treat as worthy of salvation, to space the lines of text when typing so the lines come out even.”
Ever thought about that? We don’t type all over the place when we write or send e-mails. We right or left justify so that all the lines of text are in line with each other.
That is what being justified in Christ is – bringing all our wacky out of line, sinful, messed up behavior back in line with Him.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. (1 Cor. 1 :30)
We can’t wash, sanctify or justify ourselves and no one can do it for us except for Christ. When we believe in Christ and all He did for us and continues to do we are given these gifts that we don’t deserve and can’t earn. It’s just a gift. The greatest gift one will ever receive, but a gift. Have you opened the package? Allow Christ in today to do a little mining. It might feel like there is nothing good left in your heart, but Christ is always able to wash away the dirt and find the gold!
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21)