Having done professional housecleaning for a several years now, I’ve learned a few lessons, not least of which is: Cleaning products and rags are expendable. They don’t cost much and while they serve a vital role in the cleaning process, they aren’t precious to me at all.
Around our own house, rags are often made from discarded T-shirts and stained towels. These are the items no one wants anymore. They’ve already lived their life, served their purpose, and are only a step away from being thrown in the trash can. Nobody even enjoys the job of folding rags because they’re rags.
If I showed up at one of my clients’ homes with diamonds and perfume to scrub down the bathroom, they wouldn’t say they hired the best house cleaner in town. Perhaps the richest, but also definitely the most foolish. Think of the utter absurdity of it! Diamonds and perfume? Those items are much too valuable, too precious, to expend on cleaning! I can buy more rags and cleaners at Walmart, but diamonds come from the Jeweler and perfume is for special occasions.
So, when I sang “Jesus Paid it All” early one morning in prayer, I stopped short at this line:
I’ll wash my garments white in the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.
“Wait,” I thought. “Washing in the blood of Jesus?” Washing and cleaning is done with unloved rags and expendable cleaners, and here I am singing of washing in Jesus’ blood. The thought shocked me right then and there. The blood of Jesus must be much too precious to wash in, far surpassing diamonds and perfume, more valuable than the finest silver and gold.
It is undeniably true: there is nothing more precious than the blood of Christ- nothing more worthy, sacred, valuable, perfect, limited. And all the while, that very blood is the one thing that will wash away the deep filthy sin which clings to mankind by our own choice.
Would you be clean? Then wash in the blood of Jesus. God has made it possible; Jesus has offered it up freely in His love. That sacred, costly cleanser is available for the guiltiest, dirtiest sinner who comes.
“Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” -1 Peter 1:18-19
Let the words shock and thrill and cause our hearts to tremble all in the same moment.