No one is born with a silver spoon in their mouth and few of us are raised in a wealthy home amid servants and personal care takers. Most of us work hard to reach our goals and become successful whether it’s toward a prominent career or at a laborer’s job. We’re all proud of our accomplishments and yet, none of it matters because we are all like filthy rags before God.
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” … Isaiah 64:6
What many people forget is that our worldly accomplishments mean nothing to God and they won’t count as credits when we stand before Him. There is only one thing in life that matters and that is our soul because that is who we are and what is accountable – whether we go to Heaven or to hell.
When God looks at us He sees our heart (soul) and He sees if it’s clean or not clean; He knows if we’re saved or not saved. We can follow the Christian crowd and attend church and be a really nice person, but if we’re not saved then our heart is not clean and we are like filthy rags because of the sin that defiles us. We were born into this world and we naturally inherited Adam’s sinful nature and that is the opposite of holiness. We will never get near Heaven with even one tiny piece of sin in us so we need to get rid of it, and we cannot put it off because we may never get a chance later.
We need to be cleansed and have the sin removed so that God sees us as clean and pure, and we can only do that by having our sins pardoned or washed away. When Jesus died on the cross, He took upon Himself all of our sins and then paid the punishment for them when He took them down into hell. When we accept that and repent of our sins, then we are cleansed and freed from the inherited sin and we are born again and filled with God’s Spirit. So now when He looks at us, He sees the blood of Jesus and He knows that our sins have been forgiven and that we stand righteous before Him.
In the Old Testament, the angel of death passed over all the houses that bore the blood on the door posts, and this was done by those who loved God as a symbol for the blood of Jesus who became the propitiation for our sins. [Exodus 12:22-23]
When we stand before the throne of God one day, He will look at us and see either filthy rags or the blood of Jesus. What will He see in you?
“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” … Revelations 3:5