Clean!

Over the weekend I made plans to rearrange the basement and use the couch we stored away in the garage. When I went to the garage today and removed all the boxes and other things to get to the couch, I noticed it was thick with mold.

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My son said that we should throw it away because it was basically “garbage,” especially since one section was broken. I couldn’t throw it away though because I knew there was hope—the couch had potential, all it needed was to be cleaned.

I used one can of furniture polish and part of it became clean, but I needed more furniture polish to do the whole couch so I sent my son to the store. He reluctantly went.

For the next three hours, I sprayed and wiped the couch. There were two sections of it so I cleaned both sections. Then my husband repaired the section that was broken. I couldn’t believe the difference. Something that was so dirty and disgusting was now beautiful.

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I thought about these Words from the Bible: “…All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away….but you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God… anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (Isa 64:6, 1 Cor 6:11, 2 Cor 5:17).

I thought about all the people we might think are worthless— drunks, drug addicts, etc., but they are like that couch. They are tainted by sin and they need God to clean them. I am glad that God did not throw me away.

Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Slimy sponges

While doing the stack of dishes this morning, I got to the very bottom of the sink and saw several sponges that were slimy and dirty. In the past, I would just throw them away but today I thought I would do something different.

I turned the hot water on and waited for it to get really hot then I sprayed each one down. I watched as the dirt and grim slowly disappeared. Afterwards it was like I had new sponges.

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Today is Good Friday. When I was in fifth grade, attending a parochial school, I had no idea why “Good Friday” was “good.” How could the day they killed Jesus be good? It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized why this day is “good.”

In 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 and 17, it says, “Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life… This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (NLT).

Jesus died so that I can be a new person—I was sentenced to die but He took my place and died for me. I have a new identity now because the old one died with Him. I was like those old and slimy sponges that needed to be thrown away, but God cleaned me:

“…you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor 6:11, NLT).

I am celebrating the life that God has given me through Jesus’ death on the cross. On Sunday, I will celebrate the day when Jesus conquered death.

Happy Good Friday!

Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti