There is a familiar quote that says,” Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” We know from life experiences that when something or someone becomes soiled a bath or a cleaning up is required. We wash clothes, dishes, cars and of course our bodies to keep them clean and get the dirt out. In our supermarkets, whole aisles are dedicated to cleaning supplies and a like amount of space is filled with hundreds of products that promise to clean and refresh our bodies hair and teeth. As with people in most cultures, outward appearances are considered important.
Unfortunately, what most people fail to recognize is that while ‘man’ looks at the outside God looks and sees the inside He’s more interested in the condition of the human heart. God’s standard of clean is perfection because He is Holy. In this context, we are not referring to the beating physical heart but to the very essence of a person’s being, or the real self that resides within the human eternal soul. The word ‘heart’ is used to define an individual’s personality and character. In other words, the real you is on full display to God at all times.
A person cannot achieve a clean heart on his or her own efforts. A clean heart is only possible by the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit through a life-transforming personal relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. So, therein lies the answer. While there is absolutely nothing a person can do to achieve a clean heart, God can and wants to do just that for everyone because all human beings are created in His image.
It becomes a matter of personal choice and a decision of the will. In Psalm 51:1-2 we read King David’s prayer,” Have mercy on me O God…cleanse me from my sin…create in me a pure clean heart.” David is pleading with God to make his heart new, forgive his sin and receive the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit to keep it pure so he can have a restored loving relationship with God in the present and for all eternity. God is waiting to cleanse your heart today. All you need to do is ask. It’s that simple. Why wait? No one is assured of tomorrow. If you’d like to learn more about how God can give you a clean heart, check out our post: How does one become a Christian?