“Why didn’t you put them in the basket?” my wife stated. I had simply thrown my dirty clothes in the direction of the Dirty Clothes Basket and the clothes I threw actually landed on the top of the basket. I thought that was close enough, but I was quickly corrected by the lady of the house.
Generally, I thought that dirty clothes were ok – if they were “in”, “on top of” or “near the clothes basket”. But just as the clothes landed on the basket top, I learned differently.
People often think the same thing about Christ and Christianity. Many people think that it is enough to be “near” Christ or at least near some Christians people. Many people think it is even better if they are literally in touch with Christ from time to time with a short prayer request, attend Church once in a blue moon or at least talk to someone that is a Christian about God stuff; which is somewhat like being on the “top of the basket”.
But what we need to understand is that we are called to be “in Christ”. In essence we are called by God to be consumed by Christ and filled by His very Spirit.
Believe me I am “dirty” just as Isaiah 64:6 states, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” And without doubt I need a cleansing which can really only be done correctly if I am “in Christ”. David wanted “in Christ” and to be cleansed according to Psalm 51:2 which states part of his prayer, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
Paul wrote in Romans 8:1,”Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are “in Christ Jesus”. He went on to write in verse 11, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
So from now on I will try to move in a little closer and not simply be satisfied with my dirty clothes near the basket or even on top of the basket, but “in the basket”. I will also work at being “in Christ” – for through His cleansing I will not only be made “white as snow” but I will be a more effective Servant for Him.
Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256