My dad came over the other day with his power washer. I had some areas of the house that needed to get cleaned up and power washers do the trick quite handily.

One of those areas was the back patio. After a few years of dirt collecting in a corner, spilled grease from the grill and other miscellaneous grime, it was due for a cleaning. I was very happy with the way it cleaned up after a pass over it with the power washer. Then my dad worked on it a bit and got the power washer even closer to the surface. I was amazed at how much more cleaned up it became after he worked on it a while.

The more we washed over the patio, the cleaner it became. More grime loosened and washed away. More dirt cleaned off.

Our hearts can be like the patio. We allow weeks and months and even years of dirt and filth to build up and stain it leaving it nasty and gross. It is still serviceable, it still does the job but it could be a lot cleaner.

What we need is a good power wash.holiness

How do we go about “power washing” our hearts? Through the light and truth of God’s word. There is power in those words. As we digest and meditate on what God is speaking to us through His word, we begin to gain an understanding of what He wants from us. We begin to wipe away the built-up filth that covers our hearts and grow into the holiness of God.

If you’re a Christian, God calls you to live a life of holiness.

1 Thessalonians 4:7 says, For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.

You don’t get a pure heart by trying to live in your own strength. It comes through comparing your life to the light of God’s truth. When you look at your life this way, you see how filthy your heart is and you can get the nozzle closer to power wash away the dirt that remains. It’s the process of sanctification and it takes our whole life to work through as we seek to become more like Christ.

I learned a song in college called Refiner’s Fire. Friends would gather every so often just to sing praises to the Lord. This is one of the songs we would sing. The lyrics are as follows:

Purify my heart
Let me be as gold and precious silver
Purify my heart
Let me be as gold, pure gold

Refiner’s fire
My heart’s one desire
Is to be holy
Set apart for You, Lord
I choose to be holy
Set apart for You, my Master
Ready to do Your will

Purify my heart
Cleanse me from within
And make me holy
Purify my heart
Cleanse me from my sin
Deep within

What does this have to do with parenting? You will best lead your children when you lead from a place of authenticity. You will best lead your children when you are submitted to the ultimate Authority. When we focus our lives first on seeking Christ, we are better equipped to lead and teach our children.