A spiritual leader asked Jesus to lunch one day and was amazed that He did not first use any isopropyl alcohol, potassium hydroxide or at least a little benzalkonium chloride before eating. Jesus used the situation as a teachable moment saying, “You are so careful to clean the outside… but inside you are filthy; full of greed and wickedness” (Luke 11:37-40 NLT) !
Jesus is saying to us, “Hey, as you wash your hands or use sanitizer multiple times a
day to stave off the Covid-19 virus, don’t forget to let me clean your hearts to deal with the far more lethal virus of sin!” King David understood this. He asked, “Who can stand in the presence of our Holy God? Only those whose hands and hearts are clean” (Ps 24:2-3)
So, if you recognize the strategic priority of keeping your hands clean to avoid Covid-19 will you also see the vital importance of coming to the Cross to keep your hearts clean? Can you imagine the peace, joy and hope you would experience if every time you washed your hands you simply prayed, “Jesus, cleanse my heart as I confess my sin!” And yes…do your part in practicing ‘social distancing’ to slow the spread Covid, but allow no distance between you and the Father who loves you and longs to cleanse you with His grace through Christ!
“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other,
and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are
only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful
and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:7-9
PRAISES AND PRAYER REQUESTS
1. These are indeed strange times. The cancellations of church services, Men’s forums,
schools, sports, proms, travel, nursing home visitation, etc impacts each of us in unique
ways. Let’s be alert and prayerful about how Jesus wants to use us to minister to others in
these weeks. And if you have a need, reach out to one of your brothers.
2. Scripture reminds us that nothing can thwart God’s purposes. Pray that God would use
these unusual weeks to get people’s attention - life is defined by knowing God (John 17:3).
3. Pray for all the medical workers who are extending themselves to help others heal. Pray for
their protection. Pray for wisdom for the small business owners and workers as they navigate
the residual impact on their livelihoods. And pray for the local, state, and national leaders as
they make decisions.