“While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him (Luke 5:12-13, NIV).”
A while back, I prepared chicken livers and rice for dinner. It is one of my favorite foods and I love the taste, but have to admit the thought of putting my hands on the raw meat to season and prepare for the pan makes me cringe. Since I chose to saute instead of fry, I didn’t have to deal with the sticky mess of flour, which brought me some relief. Once the meal was cooked, I was left with a dirty pan and dishes to clean up. I don’t like doing dishes, so I put off washing them until the next day. Needless to say, when I went into the kitchen that morning, I wasn’t thrilled at the idea of putting my hands in the dish water.
Almost immediately upon attacking the dirty pan, I sensed the Holy Spirit ministering to my spirit. Before I could get to the goal of clean dishes, I had to dive into dirty dish water. It was the same with the meal; I had to put my hands into raw meat before I could enjoy the tender taste of savory chicken livers. Sadly, by avoiding to get my hands dirty, I delayed enjoying a delicious meal; and, I delayed getting clean dishes.
After the dishes were cleaned, I turned on the television to catch an episode of HGTV’s Designed to Sell. The team of designers shared their plan for upgrading a kitchen to help a couple sell their house. In order to get to the goal of an updated kitchen, there first had to be the dusty and dirty task of demolition. How grateful I was to have another example of the message the Spirit was ministering. Before I could share this insightful message, I searched the scriptures and found Matthew, Mark and Luke (see above) recounting a time when Jesus got his hands dirty in order to cleanse a leper. Bottom line: If He hadn’t been willing to get His hands dirty–to endure the cross or shed His blood, I wouldn’t be able to declare I’m cleansed of my sin–my dusty, dirty past, present, and future. How willing are we to get our hands dirty? -WordsInPrint by Suni
Closing prayer: Savior and Lord, thank You for Your willingness to get dirty on our behalf. Because You got Your hands dirty, we have access to peace that surpasses our human understanding. Because You got Your hands dirty, we have been given access to the wisdom that leads to wealth and prosperity. Help us to be truly grateful. Cause us to walk in confidence, knowing eyes have not seen, hears have not heard, nor has it entered into the hearts of men what You have in store for those who love You. In Jesus’ name we pray, believing the things we ask we already have. Amen.
Edited; First published as “Get your hands dirty,” March 14, 2011 as FB Note.