Recently, a discount superstore in our neighborhood unveiled an automated self-serve car wash. Having used many self-serve car washes, I was skeptical of the likelihood the car would be sufficiently cleaned, particularly the wheel rims. But this car wash made me a believer. It is more than twice as long as any other self-serve car wash I had previously used and the cleaning and drying were impressive, including the wheel rims! But what makes this experience so inviting is riding through the car wash while sitting in the enclosed car. The complexity of the washing system and the length of the ride takes the experience to another level, far greater than any other car wash.
I remember with great fondness the rare times I was allowed to sit in a car going through a car wash when I was a child. I am unsure why I am so fascinated by sitting in a car going through a carwash. One reason, for sure, is I enjoy seeing the layers of dirt and grime vigorously scrubbed away from an insider’s perspective.
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
Titus 3:5 (ESV)
Everytime I come before God and confess my sins and repent, He is faithful and just to forgive me. The cleansing, the regeneration and renewal is immediate and ongoing. The layers of sin, the layers of dirt, are washed away and the finished product is sanctification. Like sitting through a carwash, I can witness for myself how God cleanses me. But unlike the carwash, it is a mystery how He does it. I only know that it is done because of the sacrifice of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of His mercy and grace, I can stand before my Lord, my sins wiped clean and I am as white as snow.
And I am eternally grateful for His sacrifice for me as He has washed and continues to wash me clean of my sins.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.