Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Clean Windows and Pure Hearts

Smiling? While washing windows?
photo from Wikimedia
I love looking out on the world through sparkling clean windows. But I have yet to discover the secret to streak-free glass. Which is why I only wash them when I am moving. (I'm not kidding!)

No matter what I use--vinegar, ammonia, Windex, Glass Plus, newspapers, paper towels, old t-shirts, or plain old elbow grease--they all leave behind messy smears and particles of lint. To top it off, if it rains the next day, the windows look like I did nothing--hours and hours of work undone in just moments!

Isn't that how it is with sin? No matter how hard we try, there are always streaks of selfishness and particles of pride marring our lives. However, in Colossians 1:22 Paul shares God's secret to washing away sin:

By means of the physical death of his Son, Jesus, God has made you his friends, in order to bring you, holy, pure, and faultless, into his presence.

1 John 1:7 confirms it:
The blood of Jesus, God's Son, purifies us from every sin.

Unlike the plethora of products and recommendations for cleaning windows, Jesus' sacrifice on the cross is the only secret to being cleansed from all sin. For many years I thought it was something I earned by my own diligent, but ineffective efforts. Thankfully, God showed me Ephesians 2:8-9:

For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith.
It is not the result of your own efforts,
but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it.

Have you found God's secret to a clean heart?

©2013 Pamela D. Williams


  1. Wonderful post, thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you, Denise! Hope you are feeling better.

  3. Such a great analogy Pam. Just this morning I was lamenting about my inability to get my car windows clean.

  4. It must be the time of year, Wanda..lots of window washing going on. Praying there is lots of soul cleansing going on, too! :)

  5. Hi Pam! I agree with Wanda. Great analogy! We keep thinking we can fix everything, and that's so silly. Then we wouldn't need God. Yikes. That's a scary thought.
    It's like the guy who got kicked out of the wedding reception for not having the right clothes. Your clothes don't cut it, Bud. You need the garment of Christ!

    Happy Friday Pam!

    1. Ceil, I wonder how those who don't have faith in Jesus find peace within themselves at all?

  6. Great post, Pam. I hate washing windows, too. I hire someone to do. I guess that's like hiring Jesus to cleanse our sins--only we don't hire Him--He volunteers to do it and gave His life for us. You see, I really liked your analogy.

    1. Glad you could relate to the window washing analogy, Janis. Thank you for popping in today!