I believe the beauty of God’s grace is made clear in the context of my dirty laundry. We may not all have this crazy conversion story of how we came to faith like Paul or the woman at the well – but most of us do have some dirty laundry laying around.
We have the remnants of poor choices, rebellion, and deliberate disobedience, littering the backdrop of our lives like dirty clothes strewn about a messy room. Over the years, in the midst of my own messes, I’ve found that:
Living in the mess makes it hard to see clearly.
Living in the mess makes it hard for me to focus on anything but the mess.
Living in the mess leads to more mess.
In the middle of our messy rooms, surrounded by our dirty laundry, the words of Paul have never resonated more clearly.
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
Romans 7:15 NIV
The only solution for a messy room is to clean it up; you don’t abandon the house and throw your hands up in defeat because of the dirty laundry. You settle in and commit to the process, for as many loads as it takes.
Cleaning up our lives is much the same process.
The beauty is that once we commit to the process, to the cleaning up, we are not alone. And, there are no choices, no dirty laundry, that God’s grace can’t scrub clean.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
Romans 8:1-2 NIV
What then will be your motivation for change? Or, perhaps you’re on the other side of things, what then led you to the point of believing you could conquer your own mess and take care of that dirty laundry?