As we look at the dirt in our lives, we need to understand that much of it is inevitable and needs to be dealt with. But the primary focus should be on the opportunity we have to fulfill our purpose in life. God created each of us with good in mind. You are created to love God and love your neighbour.

The goal of the farmer is harvest. His animals are nurtured and cared for so they will be healthy and strong. He chooses the ox as his work animal because it is made for the job.

It is called the Beast of Burden because of its capacity for perseverance and long-suffering. The ox is very strong and determined. The ox is well suited for its work.

But, the church is not intended to be an oppressive regime that overburdens its slaves. In the analogy of the church being God’s vineyard (or farm), there is hard work but a big table and comfortable bed. There are no heavy-handed bosses taking advantage of the workers.

Listen to this passage as it describes how important love is.

Ephesians 5:
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 

Jesus’ love for us was demonstrated by laying down his life.  This is the ultimate measure of love. 

Do you see the cleansing process here?  As Christ loves us, we are deeply affected.  His love makes us clean and glowing. Innocence is restored to us by love.

The way to increase purity in the church is to amplify the love. It is very specific in the ways that a husband and wife choose to treat each other. Love in the home has a cleansing power that removes fault and blame. We need Jesus’ love in the church and in our homes. Love brings a harvest of goodness.

Do you have a mess on your hands? Is it time to wash? Let God’s love wash and refresh you. You have a great work to do.