We just bought a sweet dishwasher.
Man…I must be getting old because I never thought I’d ever say that.
But…honestly…it is really freaking awesome.
Of course, as a guy, all I care about is the cool features.
For starters it’s stainless steel which means it looks more manly and why I can brag about it. It has hidden buttons on the top edge of the door so Easton and Aniston can’t pretend to “launch rockets” while flooding the kitchen.
Easily the biggest difference between our old dish washer and our new one, beyond the fact that it’s not 12 years old, is it’s quiet. I mean you can actually carry on a conversation with someone without having to go into the neighbor’s garage to do it. God love the other one, but our ears would literally be ringing after each cycle like enduring a MegaDeath concert in a bathroom.
But the coolest feature is that the inside has turbo jets that will blast away any caked on garbage you couldn’t scrape off before you put it in. It will literally pressure wash the dishes clean as if it was peeling paint off my deck. This feature alone should let you know I will never rinse another dish as long as I live…or until Cherie finds out and makes me do it.
All those features are great, but it still isn’t perfect. The glaring missing piece is that it won’t load the dishes for you and start itself. I mean come on! In our technological day and age don’t you think someone can figure out a way to make a robot maid from The Jetsons and take me completely out of the equation? Is that too much to ask!?
Nope, my dishwasher can’t do its job unless I put my dirty dishes in it and give it permission to make them clean by starting it.
Your life with Christ is the same way.
You can buy the best Bible on the market, download all the WOW 2000-whatever music you want, order all the coolest Christian swag, and even make it to church every week and still not be a Christian. I can pray before meals, join a small group, and volunteer at the local homeless shelter and still have no idea who Christ is.
The reason is that you can have all the accessories, gadgets, tchotchkes, and features of the Christian life, but until you actually turn God on in your life He can’t work. Until you give Him permission to start cleaning your dirty, junky, sin-filled life He’s as good as a dishwasher full of dirty dishes, soap ready to go, and the door open.
Jesus tells us clearly in the book of Revelation,
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20
Jesus won’t load the dishwasher.
Jesus won’t start the load.
Jesus is waiting for you decide you want to be clean. He is willing.
“So he(Jesus) traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
A man with leprosy came to him 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!” -Mark 1:39-41 (emphasis mine)
Jesus is willing and able to clean you up, to make you new, to give you a new life with a spot free rinse like none other.
He is willing, but you have to be willing to give Him permission and push start on the dishwasher of your life.