Cleaning Fingerprints

July 25, 2018
by Martin Wiles

John 13:10a – Jesus replied, "A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean." (NLT)

"Fingerprints all over the place."

My oldest grandson called the dirty storm door window to my attention as he and his younger brother stood looking out over the backyard. Of course, he failed to mention that both of them were the reason for the smudges. Since we keep them five days a week, keeping the door clean was an exercise in futility that I'd almost given up on.

"Handprints are more like it," I snickered.

"You need to clean it, Pop," he said.

A Type A personality like myself, he can't stand dirt — or smudges. I walked by and left the door alone. Since we were moving in a couple of weeks, I had even more reason to ignore the grimy handprints. When I decide to clean the door — probably just before we move — I won't replace the entire door. I'll just take out the window cleaner and clean the glass portion.

Jesus proposed a similar scenario to His disciples. They didn't need to wash all over — just their feet. They were totally cleansed when they believed in Him and decided to be His followers. Now they merely needed a daily sponge bath.

At nine years of age, I decided to do what these early disciples did — trust Jesus as my Saviour. Dad explained the gospel message of how Jesus died for my sins. I believed and invited Him into my life. In that moment, He cleansed me all over. Past, present, and future sins — of which there have been many — were washed away. The price that Jesus paid on Calvary for humanity's sins was applied to me.

But what about the daily fingerprints that come from putting my hands where they don't belong — like my grandchildren do? They won't send me to hell because Jesus' blood has covered them. They will, however, interfere with my spiritual vision as the fingerprints on the door cloud the view of the backyard. Confession will clear away the smudges. My acknowledgement of my failures and sins is what Jesus referred to when He mentioned a daily foot washing.

Make confession a daily practice. Doing so is good for the soul and will keep your feet clean — and will remove the smudges from the doors so that interaction between the Saviour and you can be open and clear.

Prayer: Father, keep us free from sin smudges so that we can hear You clearly when You speak. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Martin.


    Amen Martin. Blessings.


    Thanks Martin for sharing this devotional with us. These days most of the smudges on my front door are paw prints, canine and feline. Blessings.


    Dear Martin,
    What a blessing grandchildren are, and what a blessed opportunity they have to be able to, practically daily, have you pour into their lives.
    Thank you for today’s wonderful devotional “Cleaning Fingerprints.” It was very meaningful and very helpful!
    God bless you.

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