PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• My husband hates glitter.
I mean HATES it.
Every year, I have to open the Christmas cards over the kitchen trash can in case the card is covered in glitter.
If the card has glitter, he will not handle it.
I will brush off as much glitter as I can before putting it on the fireplace mantle.
And I understand his phobia (technically known as sparkalaphobia).
Glitter sticks to everything and it’s impossible to get off.
The glitter bombs that some company came up with a few years ago are nothing short of evil genius… because sending an explosive package of glitter to someone takes vengeance to a new level.
But then there are those people who view glitter as a fun accessory.
Those are the ones I don’t understand.
I’m not a makeup girl on any given day but makeup with glitter in it?!
I remember this girl I saw at a restaurant one time whose lips were purposefully covered in glitter.
Red glitter lips.
I hope it tasted good because she undoubtedly ate a good chunk of it with her meal.
All of this to say—there’s something else in our world that is as pervasive and persistent as glitter—sin.
And we all have it.
1 John 1:8 ESV says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
We are born with it and are covered in it.
Paul wrote of his frustration with sin in Romans 7:7-25, and his ongoing battle with wanting to do right and fighting his sinful nature.
We can relate, right?
Especially in verse 15 which says, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (ESV).
I so get that.
I want to do the right thing and then I do or say something colossally stupid, and wonder what in the world is wrong with me.
Why can’t I simply obey?
Why do I screw up?
And I have the analogy of looking at my hands that I just washed to find them covered in the sparkly glitter of my own selfish and sinful nature.
I feel the urgency of Lady Macbeth trying to rid herself of the spots of sin.
But our hope is found in Jesus.
The only One Who can remove the sin.
Let’s go back to 1 John. In 1 John 1:9 ESV, it says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Jesus is ready to clean us from sin when we confess and repent.
If only glitter were removed that easily, right?
Sin will continue to pop up in our lives, just as that random bit of glitter from an unknown source occasionally makes its way on our person.
But all we need to do to be made whole and clean is to confess.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for cleansing us from sin.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you resist your sinful nature and lean on Him for all you say and do.