My wife and two daughters all have beautiful, lustrous hair. This week, I was reminded that long hair comes with a cost: clogged drains. The best way I have found to remove clogs from drains is a long plastic stick with barbs on both sides. You can buy one in a hardware store for less than five dollars. The stick is flexible enough to bend through the elbow joint below the drain, and the barbs pull the clog. Well, you can image what pulling up the clog looks like, it is disgusting. Last week, as I tried to unclog a drain, I thought about all the disgusting things that drain through the pipes right under our feet, to be housed in a large tank right under the grass.
Sometimes, our lives are like drainage systems. They look clean and pleasant on the outside, but just beneath the surface is something we want to keep hidden. Jesus saw the same thing in the people of his day. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:27-28). In truth, we may be able to hide our inner lives from most people we know, but we can never hide from God (see Matthew 9:4; Luke 9:47).
God provides a solution to this problem. Jesus offers is to cleanse our conscience. “For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:13-14). So, stop trying to hide your dirt. Let the blood of Christ wash it away.