Do you have the problem of trying to get the last vestiges of soap or shampoo that clings to the inside of a bottle so that you can recycle it? Well, you may be in luck! Researchers at Ohio State University have developed “a microscopically thin coating, that applied to the inside of bottles, lets soapy products slide right off” (“Getting the Last Drop,” World Magazine, August 6, 2016).
When I read this article, the following verse came to mind:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. —Hebrews 12:1
We have a problem with sin clinging to the inside of ourselves and, like the soap and shampoo bottles, we need something that can “de-cling” the sin from our lives and let the last vestiges of it slide from us.
Thankfully, we have such a sin de-clinger: the blood of Jesus Christ. As 1 John 1:7 says, “the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Every time that sin attempts to cling to us, all we need to remember is that we are washed in the blood of Jesus and then not let the sin latch onto us.
Because we still live in a sinful world and the devil is still at work, we cannot prevent sin from attempting to grab onto us. But we can control how we react to sin’s attempts to cling. As 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.”
Because of the blood of Jesus shed for us on the cross, we are now “sin resistant.” Christ has given us the power over sin and it no longer has the strength to take hold. We can sluff sin off in the name of Jesus as we move forward in our lives to the goal that Christ has set before us: to live for him and not for sin and to be with him forever.
There, in eternity, we will stand with those in heaven revealed by God to John in Revelation 7:14: “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
There the blood of Christ will “de-cling” sin forever. Alleluia!
Think about that the next time you are hitting the bottom of the “almost empty” shampoo bottle.