This was how I viewed the experience, but not everyone in my family had the same enjoyment. My little sister used (I don’t think she still is) to be very afraid of the whole car wash experience. She disliked it so much that when we would go as a family my mom would get out of the car with her before we went through. Once Dad and I had gone through the swishing and the washing of the car, there would be my mom and sister waiting to get back in. The experience of the car wash was totally different for me than it was for my sister, but in the end we both liked riding away in a shiny clean car. What I’ve been dancing around by telling this story is that although experiences can be shared they are not always shared in the same way. A church service is a great example of this because it is a place where many people from many backgrounds come together and have an experience with God. We all desire to be spiritually clean and free of the dirt of sin, but are we willing to go through the cleaning process that comes first?
Unfortunately, there is no option to skip the cleaning process spiritually. We must come to the point where we realize that we are covered in dirt and need deliverance (every day). However, I’m happy to tell you that the price was already paid on Calvary and Jesus will wipe away every stain of sin. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He is faithful because his car wash (so to speak) is always open. He is just because he gives his grace freely. Not just freely either, but sufficiently. Regardless of how much dirt you may have, he’s going to give you as much grace as you need to come clean. So, whether you have been through the cleaning process many times or you are still standing on the outside wanting to get clean, he is still faithful and just. He is still in the cleaning business.
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