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Rinsed Clean

What can doing the dishes teach us about trusting Christ?

Rinsed clean
  • Author: Rich Atkinson
  • Credits: Illustration by Peter Grundy
  • Published: October 8, 2010

I’m always trying to find ways to save money and cut costs on my utility bill. So when my wife, Eileen, read a tip from Mary Hunt’s Debt-Proof Living newsletter, my ears perked up.

But when Mary suggested a dishwashing tip for saving time, water and money, I was skeptical. She said to stop pre-rinsing your dishes, that dishwashers are made to clean, and they could handle the extra mess. But I was unsure about whether the dishes would actually get clean. I still wanted to keep the extra step just to be sure.

Yet, we eventually tried the tip, and sure enough, the dishes came out spotless.

In the same way, I have noticed that some people hesitate to trust in Christ because they want to fix themselves up first. They want to get their lives in order before they come to church, thinking they need to make themselves presentable to God.

But we don’t need to “pre-rinse” before we come to God. The Bible says in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Dishes don’t wash themselves. We can’t clean up or fix up ourselves and our sins. We need to bring ourselves—stained, dirty dishes that we are—to Him, and He will wash us clean through His blood and by the washing and renewing of the Holy Spirit. He can handle the extra mess.


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