Mopping My Heart’s Stains
Mop, mop, mop … there’s a blotch on the floor that won’t
seem to budge. Mop, mop, mop….
Gradually the blotch begins to fade with each rub of the mop until the stain is
barely visible. For a moment I ask myself, “I am so tired of mopping this
stain. Should I keep going? No one would notice if I just left it as it is.”
Immediately a thought pops into my mind, “What if this stain was my bad
What if I had spiritually cultivated my proud, irritable, impatient self to a
seemingly gentler person, yet had a heart that would
still fluster with fury behind a smiling face when meeting unfavorable
circumstances? No one would be able to tell how hot-tempered I still was.
My friends would say, “You’ve changed!” Brethren at church would remark,
“You’re really different from before.” But the faint outline of my old self
would still remain in my heart. What would Jesus say to this?
In Matthew 6 Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for practicing their righteousness
before others in order to be seen by men. The
Pharisees placed importance on outward cleanliness and rituals but neglected
the state of their own hearts. Although other people may not see the
hideousness of our heart, we must remember that there is one who does—the Lord
Jesus to whom we are accountable.
Acknowledge our uncleanness to God. Ask the Lord to completely remove the
stains that remain in our heart. Be washed until we are truly whiter than snow.
For a moment I looked back at the stain that was staring at me. “It’s just a
few more wipes,” I thought and scrubbed it clean.
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter
than snow.” (Ps 51:7)
What are the stains in our heart?
Is it still important to us to remove these stains? Have
we stopped putting time or effort into removing them?
What steps can we take to “mop” these stains away?