Posted by: John Edwards | April 30, 2009

Filthy Rags

Filthy Rags 

Everything that we get from God is pure grace and mercy. I can do all the good works and try to avoid the Filthy Five, the Sinful Seven or the Dirty Dozen but I still fall short. I do not believe that we can earn our salvation, and I do not believe that we can ever be good enough to keep it either.


I clean carpet. I clean section eight crack houses in the projects, and I clean mansions in gated communities. I can find dirt and crud in both. You expect the crack house to be dirty, and believe me they are. I clean them up and pour out all sorts of crud when I’m done. Nasty stuff. Then I drive across town to do the rich and famous of Birmingham’s houses. You go in and the carpet looks clean. Until I start my machine. I can find dirt, oil, bugs, feces, dog poop, hair and all kinds of garbage in any ones carpet, even if they vacuum. I can still pull stuff out that no one dreamed was there.
That is the way it is with the human heart. You may look good on the outside, but the heart and mind are filled with all manner of sin and shortcomings. Motives, intentions, negative thoughts, fears, pride, lust, hatred, greed and failure can be found by the Holy Spirit. No matter how hard we try, we can never ever measure up to God’s standards. Not on our best day.
Thank God for Grace. It is by grace that we have been saved, and it is by grace that we stay saved. Our good works could never keep us saved. Ephesians 2:8-10 The best verse in the Bible.



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