The Sunday school teacher was checking her students’ knowledge of Proverbs. She asked, “Cleanliness is next to what?” A small boy replied, “Impossible.”
Sometimes cleanliness does seem nearly impossible. Why? Because sin is so strong and never-ending. Once we are cleansed from sin, it comes right back to tempt us again. It is very hard to overcome some sins such as greed, lust, ill will, anger and gossip.
In a Peanuts cartoon, Lucy says to Charlie Brown, “There are times when you really bug me, but there are also times when I feel like giving you a hug.”
Charlie replies, “That’s the way I am: huggable and buggable.”
We all have huggable days, but we may have more buggable days. Do you ever bug someone? Who hasn’t?
We alienate people at times with our actions. We have all sinned and do sin (Romans 3:10, 23). The Apostle Paul says that we have alienated God with our sin and sinful nature (Colossians 1:21). But that is where everybody starts out – before the cleansing blood of Christ is applied to our sins by our faith in him.
Paul says that God reconciles us to himself through his son Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8, Colossians 1:21-22). Christ died on the cross to make reconciliation with God possible. We can come into the presence of God, but only through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
True reconciliation means that we believe in Christ and trust his death on the cross to save us from our sins. We do what Christ asks us to do: Repent, be baptized, and seek his will as we serve him.
Jesus is the bridge that brings us to God. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6) “There is salvation in no other name.” (Acts 4:12)
Humanly speaking, it is impossible to stand before God without blemish (Colossians 1:22). But through Christ it is possible – because God looks at us through the blood of his Son.
We were once poor, doomed sinners, but Christ died for our sins; when we trust Christ, we become a child of God. We become an heir of God and Heaven becomes our eternal home (Colossians 1:21-23). All of this is possible through faith in what Christ did for us on the cross.