It’s been said that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” which is a famous saying. Although it might appear that this proverb is exaggerated, it is important to remember that it is accurate because the God we worship is a God Who creates order. There are times when the many demands placed upon us, including those from our jobs, our children, and the stress of our everyday lives, simply prevent us from being able to maintain our focus. Does this imply that, as Christians, we should strive to be clean and orderly in our daily lives? Will it be to our advantage to do so? Will it be pleasing to God?
The Lord instructed us to make ourselves pure and purify ourselves from anything that can pollute not only our physical bodies but also our spiritual selves (2 Corinthians 7:1). Furthermore, it cannot be denied that the Lord is the God of order. This is made abundantly obvious throughout the process of creation. He is not a God of chaos, but rather a God of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33).
Throughout the Bible, there are many reminders that Christians need to keep their lives clean and in order. The Lord emphasized the need for Christians to maintain a clean and pure lifestyle in their day-to-day walk (Isaiah 1:16). Even while the nature of man renders him defenseless and susceptible to falling prey to temptation and sin, the fact that we are nevertheless not completely cut off from the love of God does not change this. Even though it is possible for us to sin and fall short of the glory of God on occasion, we can still be forgiven and experience God’s love if we turn from our sins and seek Him with all of our hearts. Because God loves us and does not want us to suffer for all eternity, He constantly reminds us to refrain from sin in order to demonstrate our love to Him.
The crucifixion of Jesus on the cross is the means by which God’s grace is made available. All of our impurities and all that is not clean – all of the sin, all of the anguish, and all of the shame – have been paid for by the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross when He handed over His spirit to God the Father and declared, “it is finished.” When we submit to God and ask for forgiveness, God will forgive our sins and cleanse us. The punishment for sin is death, but He bore that penalty in our place. He did this so that we could have a relationship with God (Galatians 2:16). We are delivered from the wrath of God and the shackles of sin that had previously bound us (Hebrews 7:19, 25). Because the Holy Spirit dwells inside us, this will give us the fortitude to stand up to our foes and resist the temptations of the devil. When we have been sanctified, we will walk and live in a manner that is like that of Christ, which will raise our game to a new level.
In the same way, the Lord desires for us to maintain order, just as He is the one who maintains order. During the process of creation, everything was arranged in an orderly manner on the ground. The Lord created heaven and earth on the first day, and from the second day until the sixth day, He continued creating what pleased Him. On the seventh day, He stopped creating and rested (Genesis 1, 2:1-4). Due to the fact that He is God, He is able to create everything on earth at once just by speaking it. However, He did not actually carry out those actions. He made certain that everything was done at the appropriate moment in accordance with His will. As Christians, we have a responsibility to follow His example and maintain a level of decorum in all of our interactions.
The following biblical passages demonstrate not only how much the Lord despises sin and all forms of impurity, but also how, despite His greatness, He is still willing to forgive those who draw near to Him. This is because the Lord desires a relationship with those who are pure in heart. In a similar vein, they will also demonstrate that God is a God of order.
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
2 Corinthians 7:1
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Hebrews 7:19, 25
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
1 Corinthians 14:40
Let all things be done decently and in order.
1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
1 John 1:7, 9
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
As we go about our daily lives, we will encounter a variety of situations that will put to the test the degree to which we are able to faithfully adhere to and follow the commandments that have been given to us by the Lord. The strength of our faith will be put to the test when we are faced with a variety of obstacles that will assess our ability to refrain from engaging in behaviors that have the potential to make us unclean. Because while we are still on this earth, it will not always be easy, and the Lord did not say that there will be an absence of difficulties, but He did promise that He will be with us to see us all the way through. In the end, we should ask God to help us successfully endure these trials by giving us the determination to withstand these challenges and the perseverance to hold on until the end of the race. This is something that we should ask of God to help us successfully overcome these trials.
Let us not forget that all that is required of us in order to be made clean again is to pray to God, asking Him to forgive us for our sins and to cleanse us from them. We need to confess our sins and demonstrate that we are truly sorry for them, and there is no better way to do this than to make sure that we do not repeat the errors that have caused us to seek forgiveness in the first place. Through this, we are able to share in His glory and enjoy His grace.