I cleaned my front storm door window the other day. I love clean windows. I love when I can look outside and see clearly. The problem is that the storm door window is the only window in my entire house that is clean. Not because I choose to have dirty windows, but because when we bought this house it had been sitting empty for about a year with the heat off. The double-
pain paned windows had contracted and expanded in their wood frames and busted the seals. The gas vapor normally created within the windows to seal and protect them from the weather had expanded and clouded the glass. They look filthy but no matter how much I clean them on the outside they are still dirty because they are dirty on the inside.
The only way I can have clean windows is to either cut out one of the panes with a glass cutter and remove it, find someone who knows how to take windows apart and put them back together again, or replace the entire window.
Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. “What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.'”
A man with leprosy came to Jesus and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing, ” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.
My obvious point? Only Jesus can clean the inside.
Father, From the beginning of time when our ancestors, Adam and Eve, sinned by disobeying you, we have been unclean with sin. We inherited it from them because we were a seed in a seed in a seed inside of them. We are dirty with original sin. We were meant for perfection and holiness, but the seal broke and the window was stained. You are the only One, Jesus, who can clean us inside and out and make us new. Clean us, Lord, by the blood you sacrificed on the cross on our behalf. Clean us and make us new. Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. In Jesus name, Amen