Jesus often shows up where we least expect Him. He plants reminders of the Gospel in the messiest of places. One day, He met me as I stood over the kitchen sink.
Here’s the scene:
I’m in the kitchen, washing dishes for what seems like the fifteenth time today.
Like most families, we all have different chores. Whenever I’m home from college, mine happens to be the dishes.
Some days, it’s easy. The dishes are nicely cleaned off and piled in the sink, and all I have to do is put them in the dishwasher. Yet other days are quite the opposite and I find myself scraping plates and scrubbing dishes for what feels like an eternity.
And if I’m being honest, I often come to the sink full of dishes a little irritated because the job never really ends. I get mad when people forget to scrape their plates. I get mad when there’s ketchup in the sink. I get mad when people start cleaning their plates, but walk away with the job unfinished. And all the while, I forget that God calls me to extend the same grace I’ve been extended through Jesus Christ.
And then one day, the LORD met me as I stood over a sink piled high of dirty dishes.
I could feel Him pressing on my heart, whispering, “Rachel, isn’t this the Gospel?”
The Gospel? Here? No way, I mutter.
You see, we are the dishes. Like the dishes, we are messy sinners in need of a Savior. We come to Him dirty, with nothing to offer besides our imperfect selves in exchange for salvation. We are prone to wander, and even after He saves us, we tend to fix our eyes on other things. We get worried or distracted or fearful or anxious or ashamed and we forget that His grace is enough.
And yet, He still welcomes us. He still beckons us to come and be washed clean. He still calls out to us with loving arms extended because His grace is enough.
This is who He is.
And day by day, hour after hour, He continually washes away the sins of His children. His job never really ends.
As God opened my eyes to see this, I was humbled that Jesus would meet me even there, in that mess of dishes, in my grumbling, and set me free.
And ever since God showed me this picture of the Gospel, this reminder of what Jesus has done for me, I’ve seen my job in a new way.
Because He extends unending grace to us day by day, we are called to do the same. I don’t always succeed at it. Sometimes I still begrudgingly do my job. Other times, I get mad at people for not making it easier for me. But praise God because, just as He calls me to give unending grace, there is unending grace for me.
Yet other days (and these days are becoming more and more frequent) I’m humbled by the Gospel. I’m humbled that Jesus would leave His throne to die for our freedom after witnessing a nonstop cycle of people worshipping God one moment and forgetting Him the next…since the beginning of time. I’m humbled that no matter how many times I come to Him like a dish covered in filth, He cleanses me. He saves me. He sets me free.
A sink piled high with sin doesn’t scare Him away. Your sin doesn’t scare Jesus away. Come to the Living Water, Jesus Christ, and He will cleanse you and make you new. He will clothe you in robes of His righteousness. He will forgive your sins.
This is the Gospel: Jesus died the death we deserve to die, taking the full wrath of God for our sins upon His shoulders. But three days later, He rose again! He defeated death and rose to live forever so that those who follow Him may also rise to live forever. He took God’s wrath for us so that all who turn to Him in belief and choose to follow Him will not have to suffer the wrath we deserve.
And we have this promise:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
I’m humbled that God has given me the dishes as a daily reminder of this beautiful Gospel. And my prayer is that God will open your eyes to see the Gospel wherever you find yourself today.
I don’t know what jobs easily irritate you. I don’t know what your daily routine looks like. But I encourage you to look for reminders of the Gospel wherever you are.
Look for Jesus.
Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you’re tired of the never ending cycle of dishes filling your sink. I encourage you, sweet friend, look for Jesus there. Remember that He washes away your never ending cycle of sin. One day, the sink will be empty. One day, you will dwell with Him for eternity and your sin will be no more. But until that day comes, until your sink is empty, never cease rejoicing in the Gospel and ask God for a daily opportunity to show His grace to those around you.
Maybe your daily reminder of the Gospel has nothing to do with the dishes. Maybe you have a really difficult coworker or maybe you cannot get along with a family member. Friends, this is your opportunity to not only be reminded of what Jesus has done for you, but to actually show them God’s grace and love in the midst of it all.
Paint the Gospel vivid for people by the way you treat them. Speak the Truth in love. The way you live will have an effect on the message you share.
Paint the Gospel vivid by the way you live and by the words you share and by the way you love, even the most unloveable.
Look for Jesus. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. Look for reminders of His Gospel and you will find them. He is nearer than you can imagine, closer than the air we breathe.