|Clean up required prior to admission.|
Because we are people and don’t want our house to smell like a dog house, we try to restrict some of the contamination and insist that all dirty dogs (no matter how sweet) must be cleaned up before entering. No rabbit pellets, burrs, grass, fishy whiskers, or ticks are welcome. So, prior to being granted entrance, he must present himself to the master (or mistress) of the house for inspection upon a certain couch (well, his couch) on the back porch, equipped with towels, brushes, tick removal implements etc. He knows the routine, and willingly submits to the inspection and brushing process, because he wants to come inside with us.
In my Father’s house, there is a similar restriction. His House will not be contaminated with sin, and we live in the nasty world. Just as Smokey can’t clean himself enough to enter our home, we can’t clean ourselves enough to enter the totally sinless and completely undefiled presence of God. So, how then do we gain entrance? Like the dog, we admit our sinful, worldly state, and submit ourselves to the Master of the house for inspection, and cleaning. Those are not easy things to do, admitting you are sinful, and submitting to cleaning. (Maybe submission may be in your nature, but me, not so much.) I really don’t like to consider, much less admit that I do bad things. On the other hand, I really do not want to disappoint my Father and desperately desire to be with Him. Let’s face it - Smokey is a dog no matter how many “manners and tricks” he learns, and his nature is to behave like a dog. We are defiled humans, and our nature is to behave in a sinful manner, no matter how many “nice or good” things we do.
I pray that we will set aside our prideful nature, defiance, and denial and present ourselves to our Father for inspection, and cleaning; submitting to Him every element of our lives so that we will resist wallowing in the things which displease Him and relish being invited to come into His house. Psalm 32:5 “I acknowledged my sin to Thee, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgression to the LORD”; and Thou didst forgive me the guilt of my sin.”