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Not Afraid of Dirt
Today’s Reading: Titus 3:3–8


Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration.
(v. 5 NKJV)


Mention Christmas, and immediately my mind goes to scented candles, twinkle lights, festive events, and making memories with my family. Even the Christmas story conjures up comfort as I think of the star over Bethlehem, baby Jesus warm in the hay, cattle lowing in the night.

I certainly do not think of the mess, the sin, and the ugliness of human hearts that caused Jesus to come here in the first place. But if I let myself ponder the full physical reality of His birth—the smell of the barn animals, the frustration of being turned away at the inn, the lack of clean swaddling cloths—I find comfort in the imperfection. Jesus’s first experience with this world was in a messy environment. From the beginning, He was acquainted with dirt. How fitting, because in the end, He took all the world’s dirt on His shoulders to the cross.

As much as I’d like it to be perfect, no Advent or Christmas season ever is—just as our families are never devoid of dirt. But Jesus’s willingness to enter this less-than-pristine world means He can enter my world—one that contains my sin, my shame, my pride, and my husband’s porn addiction.

Jesus is not afraid of the dirt. And not only that—He’s willing and able to make the dirty clean.

Jen Ferguson
Pure Eyes, Clean Heart