The Dishwasher and the Soulwasher
“How many people ate with this fork before me?” I asked.
My waitress’ eyes bulged as she fumbled for an answer. “I…I..I don’t know,” she stuttered. “But I promise you that the fork is clean. I give you my word on that, Sir.”
A few minutes later, my food arrived and I ate it with a fork that, potentially, a few hundred other people had ate with before me. I didn’t witness the cleaning of the fork, I never laid eyes on the person who cleaned the fork, and I had no idea how many people had inserted this fork into their disease filled mouths. Why did I choose to eat with this fork? Why do any of us choose to eat with these circumspect utensils?
Because we trust the employees of those particular restaurants that we choose to eat at from time to time. Even though we don’t witness the cleaning, or the cooking, at most of these establishments, almost the whole of humanity trusts that their food and utensils are handled and prepared according to a superb hygienic code. If any of us thought that a Duck Dynasty reject was in the back drying the dishes with his beard, we wouldn’t eat there.
If we can trust an unknown person to clean muck and bacteria from a fork, why can’t we trust God to clean the muck of sin from the souls of men and women? Many will never second guess the dishwasher but we will second guess the Soulwasher.
Ananias doubted the Soulwasher when he heard of Saul’s conversion. “I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done..” (Acts 9:13) Don’t be like that! People can sense and feel doubt. Don’t be the one who sits by the tattooed lady, long haired man, alcoholic, murderer, drug addict, or politician and doubt the experience that they had with God just because they don’t synch with your standards. Have faith that God will complete the work that he started.
We often say - Trust God! Well, one area we need to trust God, the most, is in the salvation of others. Encourage don’t discourage. If they stumble, help them back up. If they drown themselves in a bottle again, still be their friend. When they feel ashamed of themselves, let them feel the love of God radiating from you, not condemnation.
I have grown weary of hearing people say, “Back when I got in church, people got delivered and changed overnight! It didn’t take people weeks or months to change.” These precious people need to look at the calendar; we’re not living in that time anymore. Today’s world has school buses, electricity, paved roads, and the internet. Modern people are disturbed psychologically, spiritually, and physically, like never before. The church needs the mind set of the children of Issachar to reach this happily unhappy world that we inhabit.
Jesus told Saul that it was hard to resist him (Acts 9:5). However, he never said that it was impossible. I’ve often wondered what would have happened if Saul would have encountered a condemning Ananias instead of a loving and forgiving Ananias. Thankfully, he referred to the future Apostle as - Brother (Acts 9:17).
My prayer for today is this: God help me trust you more than the dishwasher who makes minimum wage to clean the fork that I eat with. Amen.
-Bro. Jason Coursey