The other night just hours after Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced the first death in KY, I laid in my bed and listened to my wife sing to our son before bedtime like always. Maybe a little more prayerful for his health and our nation than ever before. The “Momma Sing to Me” playlist came to one song, that struck a nerve. It seemed as if she was singing what the news was saying…
“Oh, be careful little feet where you go, hands what you touch, eyes what you see, ears what you hear, heart what you want…”
How amazing it was that the ideas in a little Sunday School song were being sent to save the world. I quickly got out of bed, grabbed a pen and paper and jotted down some helpful thoughts. Over the next few days, I will share some lessons we learned in Sunday School that may be a help and blessing during this strange and difficult time.
I. Self Disinfecting
“Oh be careful little hands“….
I have washed my hands more in the last week than I can remember. I have used so much sanitizer that my skin is breaking. But, I don’t have the Coronavirus. Keeping our hands clean, keeps us healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Ever hear the statement “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. When I was a child, I used to think that was in the Bible… Those exact words are not in the Bible, but the principle exists throughout scripture.
I Cor 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
We sing the Hymns, “Are You Washed in the Blood?” “What can wash away my sin… Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.” Spiritual cleanliness is only available through Christ and his blood. He can take the dirtiest and make them clean. We are washed, made whole and purified by trusting the Saviour’s death, burial and resurrection as our payment for sin. It is “by grace, through faith” that we receive eternal life.
James 4:8 comes to mind and has been shared on social media as a meme and joke. The principle and promise are still present… Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Washing your hands will help prevent the virus, but washing your hands and heart with confession, forsaking and repentance will help a Christian to stay spiritually healthy. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross cleansed me of all my sins, but I still have a sinful flesh that pulls me back down into the muck and mire. I should work to keep a short list with God. Many are sick both physically and spiritually, because they do not practice regular self disinfecting. Sin, carnality, anger, bitterness, jealousy, hatred, wrath, envy, covetousness, works of the flesh, worldliness, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life surround us in this sinful world. We must stay clean. Confess regularly, forsake and turn to follow Christ. What is in our hearts and lives that needs to be cleansed and purified?
You have probably washed your hands a bunch today. May I ask you, when was the last time you washed your heart? your mind? your life? Just as we are being more watchful in washing our hands, we must look at our spiritual need to be clean. What sinful thought or deed, what guilt or shame are we carrying around that could easily be cleansed?
If you thought this would be a “God is Judging Us” article or a severely stretched portion of prophecy scripture predicting the virus… It’s not. However, the more I hear and read from the CDC to Fox News… I am convinced. We already KNOW what to do, it is just a matter of DOING it. Both physical and spiritual- Self Disinfecting.