Over the last month I’ve been restoring an old bicycle. I rescued it from a thrift store where I found it covered in dirt, grease, and rust. Its components were misaligned, and the chain snapped the first time I tried to ride it.
Bringing out the beauty and functionality of that old bike has been a laborious process, but also an immensely satisfying one. And as this devotional from Today reminds us, that restoration process is reflective of what God does for us through the blood of Jesus:
One morning from our deck we saw our neighbors’ dining room windows cranked wide open and long arms rubbing the glass. Those energetic arms belonged to the grandsons of our friends.
Teenagers washing windows for their grandparents! Our friends must have been thrilled! […]
Today’s psalm speaks of washing our souls. Those good-natured grandsons didn’t use hyssop. It looked more like water and elbow grease. God didn’t use hyssop on us either. He used blood—the blood of his Son—shed on a cross for those who can only cry, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
Our friends can look out their window, remember their grandsons, and say, “Didn’t those boys do a wonderful job?” God can look at me and say to his Son, “Jesus, you did a wonderful job.” And I, his cleansed child, am thrilled!
Have you seen an everyday act of restoration—like the rebuilding of a broken-down bike—that calls to mind Christ’s redeeming work in your life?