“I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.” (Ezekiel 36:25)
It’s tough living in our times. There seems to be so much to offer that distracts us from the “cleaner living” of the past. This appears to be the excuse readily used to explain why we have so many empty seats in our churches. Well, look at the times in today’s reading.
The people defiled everything they had been given by the way they “lived and acted”, and they felt God’s anger for the murders they committed in the land and the idols they worshipped. Oh, things were different then — really? God was concerned for his holy name, and the people were scattered through foreign countries. Thank God we were not living back then. But is it so different now?
So many times throughout history, people have forsaken God. Before we despair, remember our gracious and loving God then and now. It’s as though He can’t get enough of us, but that’s the depth of His love for us. He sprinkles or floods us with clean water, and He puts His Spirit in us so that we can live in His grace. We can now share all the blessings of forgiveness and salvation with others so that they can see the wonderful gifts God gives. His promise through Christ’s resurrection is that our churches will grow deep by those who take the time to be in His Word daily. And, the various ways we gather and worship are blessed when new faces show up. Let’s try it out and be prepared to welcome others to the joy and freedom we have in God!
Lord, thank you for taking us back despite so often straying from you and neglecting our opportunities to show your holiness. Give us strength and courage to be your witness. Amen.