Doing laundry for a posse of four sons often felt more like a chemistry experiment than a household chore. Scrubbing, spraying, treating, pre-washing, and re-washing were all part of the formula, and sometimes the result was great–other times, not so much.
Unlike my laundry experiments, God’s cleansing work in the believer’s life is always a sure thing! No matter what the stain may be, there’s grace for it.
God’s cleansing work in the believer’s life is always a sure thing! No matter what the stain may be, there’s grace for it.Tweet
Poet Luci Shaw also raised a houseful of children, and I wonder if that’s behind her vivid laundry metaphor:
Now as we yield ourselves to be washed in grace’s laundry, the scandal of undeserved mercy acts on us as God’s unlikely bleach.”Luci Shaw (“Bloodlines”)
We are acted upon just as surely as the stained T-shirts and muddy jeans in my “chemistry experiments,” and this becomes clear in the way scripture talks about our experience of grace:
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.”Colossians 1:13
God is taking the active role in our salvation, and he carries us from darkness into light, from the kingdom of this world into his own kingdom of beauty, goodness, and truth.
When the method of conveyance is flawless, we can be sure of our destination!
This is good news for every believer because we know we can’t sin ourselves outside of his love. How does this impact on your sense of the security of your position in Christ?
This is good news for anyone who’s praying for a prodigal or trusting God for the salvation of someone dear. God is able to work on their hearts and to orchestrate events in their lives to bring about their “transfer” into his kingdom.
We thank you for the “unlikely bleach” of your mercy, undeserved and yet poured out with abandon because of the cross. Give us courage to serve you, secure because you have carried us into your kingdom.
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Blessings and love to you,
“Now as we yield ourselves to be washed in grace’s laundry, the scandal of undeserved mercy acts as God’s unlikely bleach.” ~Luci ShawTweet
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