I finally got around to washing my car the other day. I tried to do a thorough job with cleaning the inside and outside of my vehicle. Just when I was putting away everything, I noticed that I missed a spot. And then as I attended to the missed spot I noticed something else was not as clean as it could have been. After several attempts at having a perfectly clean car I finally said those magical words: “good enough”. I am not a perfectionist and I am glad I don’t have OCD. It would be a never ending cycle of frustration.
God has called us to live lives that are honoring to Him. We are to do our best to please Him in our daily walk and keep ourselves unspotted from the world. But I am so thankful that our wonderful Lord does not give us the white glove treatment. He tells us in Psalm 103:10-14: “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust”. We are perfectly righteous in our position in Christ. Our sins have been forgiven and our guilt is gone. Yet we are all keenly aware that we are still dust. God is not standing over us constantly demanding that we always get it right and telling us that we missed a spot. We are His children, He deals with us in grace and when He looks at our lives He sees that we have been washed clean by the blood of His Son.
One day when we stand before Him in eternity we will be completely holy, however, until then the sanctifying process is not yet complete. We need to pursue holiness and always seek to have a clean life before our Lord. But no matter how hard we try, we will always be missing a spot.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation