Dirty Job

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
 
One of my favorite TV shows is “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe”. Mike and his film crew find the filthiest occupations and demonstrate how these jobs are accomplished. Past episodes included: removing chewing gum from New York City streets, cockroach and rat extermination, and gathering snakes for research. My favorite episode was learning how they dispose of tons of food and drinks leftover from restaurants in LasVegas. This food waste was reprocessed and fed to pigs in a mega-pig farm. One of Mike’s jobs was to reach into the putrid-looking mess and grab out bones, bottles, and paper products which could cause harm to the hogs. I’m sure it reeked!
 
Another time, Mike and crew gutted a home ravaged by Hurricane Katrina the year before. The home’s brick exterior looked good but they hauled out a mountain of moldy furniture, decayed food, rodents, and ruined wall-board from inside. They removed a ceiling fan whose blades had wilted from moisture. The crew sprayed mold killer throughout the structure before starting the remodeling. This house promised to become a beautiful renovation.
 
Did you know that God does the same thing to our hearts? As humans, we don’t realize how putrid our sin is to God. Little sins or big sins – all sin separates us from God. We may look good on the outside, but we need cleansed hearts, as only God can do. When we ask Him to forgive us, He cleanses our filth and shame and makes us into new creatures. God remembers our sins no more. We feel clean after a relaxing bath, but how much more so, when God cleans our hearts.
 
Lord, please cleanse my heart and help me turn from my sinful ways. Amen.