One weekend, I was at home doing our weekly cleaning. This included washing clothes, cleaning bathrooms, dusting–all the fun stuff. For some reason, I like to clean the bathrooms. Perhaps it’s because when I was growing up, it was a chore I was responsible for, and I guess it stuck with me.
But this day, my day turned out to be different because I hurt myself.
As I was mopping the floors from a week of walking and dropping lotion or hair follicles, I somehow cut my finger. I wouldn’t have noticed, except I saw the blood droplets trailing behind where I had mopped. I figured I’d deal with the wound later. I had to empty and fill the bucket with water continuously because the dirt and blood quickly changed the clean water dirty. To my detriment, the wound was worse than I thought. I ended up stopping to clean it and place a band-aid on my finger. Only then could I continue.
When I am cleaning, I’m not so focused on filling the bucket up, pouring out the dirty, and replacing it with clean water, but this is the process. The Lord reminded me we cannot continue to wipe over our dirty places of our lives with more dirt and expect them to become clean. We have to stop and address the situations before we can expect positive results, in the same manner as I needed a band-aid and clean water to continue mopping.
The band-aide fulfills an important function. Applied directly to a wound, it not only protects it from the outer environment, it prevents the spread of infection. If I had continued mopping and allowed the injury to my finger to go unchecked, my floor would have been worse than when I started. I might have risked a horrible infection as well. I needed to acknowledge my need to apply salve and the band-aide so I could be healed.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me.~Psalm 51:2-3 NASB
King David is a prominent figure in the Bible. One reason is because he sins against Almighty God. Because of this, we learn how God deals with sin. The prophet Nathan confronts him about his hidden transgressions, and in Psalms 51, we read David’s prayer. The King lays it all on the line. He comes to God in humility with expectation. What a powerful testament this is! When we come before Father God, dirty, He knows how to clean us not only on the surface but at the core of our being. His soul cleansing provides more than temporal relief. Like band-aids or buckets, He truly desires to make us new, and that through His Son, Jesus Christ’s free gift of salvation.
O Lord, restore us and cause your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.~Psalm 80:3 NASB
The restoration Jesus freely offers us is permanent. The root word, “restore,” is mentioned 136 times in the Bible. Webster defines “restore” as the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition. Did you catch that? While mopping a floor and covering a wound are reasonable, temporary solutions, God’s ultimate desire is that we return to wholeness and remain in that state. This type of restore in Hebrew, hashibenu, means “turned again” or to bring us back to flourishing.
Let us never settle for temporal fixes; let’s desire to be restored to the Father, by leaning into Jesus Christ.~Charles Maldon, author of In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage
In our daily interactions, we gain an incredible sense of joy in knowing we have a God who can turn us completely around from the inside out. It is a privilege to come before Almighty God. He can complete us when we are honest and willing to permit Him to. Unlike the bucket and the band-aid, which are temporal fixes, God is not interested in just wiping us over. He wants to fix the underlying problem. He wants to heal us at our core.
Friend, is there an area you need God to restore? Three steps are necessary for us to experience His restoration:
>First, we must confess. Confession is the admittance to committing a punishable offense. Only when we own up to wrongdoing can the process of change begin. It does not matter what we have done there is hope.
>Second, we must recognize we have sinned against God so we need His forgiveness. To feel bad is not enough; just like the band-aid and the bucket, they are temporary fixes. However, when we acknowledge the source affected by our wrong, it prevents us from constant hurt.
>Last, we must be willing to change our behavior, one step at a time, as God leads us. Only then will we feel the presence of Jesus Christ and flourish in our daily lives as He work His completeness within us.
Let us never settle for temporal fixes; let’s desire to be restored to the Father, by leaning into Jesus Christ. Amen? This will take work, because we must tune ourselves to the Lord’s instruction, but the outcome will be worth it.
What area of your life do you need God’s cleansing grace?
Lord God, help me to yield those areas of my life where ruin knocks at my door. Give me the right perspective, humility, and the willingness to allow You to fix the deepest wounds of my heart, especially those areas when I feel ashamed. Apply to these, Your salve of grace. I am Your workmanship, and I yield every area of my life to You.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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CHARLES E. MALDON, JR.
Charles E. Maldon Jr., is an ordained reverend, speaker, writer and mentor. However, the title he is most proud of is a servant of Christ.
Charles is a devotion/article writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of marriage, with the goal of helping men improve their marriages.
Charles’s mission in life is to encourage others to know their true value by developing an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. As the Lord continues to mold him, Charles uses his colorful life experiences, both “good and bad”, as real-life ministry tools. He believes there are treasures to be found in every trial—perspective is everything.
The crux of his writing is to bring others to freedom through authentic transparency. In addition to his writing, Charles is the founder/administrator of Break-Thru Ministries, a men’s ministry which focuses on helping the family, especially men, to become all that Christ created them to be. He enjoys helping men to fulfill their calling in life, relationships, and manhood.
He is currently in the process of revising his book, In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage. He is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and Word Weavers. He also blogs on his ministry page, Break-Thru Ministries, where his hope is to touch someone with the love of Jesus.
Charles is the proud father of two boys and resides in North Carolina with his lovely wife Lekeisha. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, traveling and spending time with his family.
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