Last month, I chuckled as I read a humorous post title Poopocalypse where a robot vacuum ran over poo experience was so bad the author explained he going to need therapy.
Well, it was NOT funny when happened to me!
I bought my robot second robot vacuum cleaner ( I call her Roombie) a few months ago. It makes cleaning up hardwood floors so much easier. I can set it and forget it by just turning on the Roombie.
The only thing I have to do is make sure all cords are out of the way and master bedroom door is closed because it is currently home to four new puppies (we don't want the puppies getting sucked up). It is also the only way to the the master bath with doggie potty pads on the floor.
Someone forgot to close the master bedroom door so Roombie went into the forbidden area and did her thing.
She missed the puppy area and went straight to the large master bathroom. There she ran over about four ounces of poo on the potty pad and miraculously multiplied and dispersed about four pounds of poop (well, it seemed like several pounds) back and forth on every bathroom surface before getting tangled in the potty pad, setting off a beeping alarm.
I entered the bathroom and was met with the horrible smell of burning poo and several wall to wall poop skid marks across the floor and tiny bits of poo, about the size of coffee beans —E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E—on the walls, floorboards, cabinets, the tub, shower, toilet, wastebasket, laundry basket—E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E.
I gathered a pair of gloves, screwdriver, old toothbrush, roll of paper towels, rags, and bottle of ammonia. I was exhausted once I cleaned all the bathroom surfaces. Then it was time to give Roombee a bath.
The Spiritual Lesson Kicked in
As I spent the remaining part of the afternoon scrubbing vacuum parts, I thought of how sin in our life was the poo. God has to cleanse us form bits of sin that have dirtied us all our lives. It takes a lot of time, scrubbing and picking to make sure no bits are missed.
The Bible's word for sin is Chataʾ means “to miss the mark,” used to describe a person shooting a bow and arrow and missing the target. When it is used to describe sin, it means that the person has missed the mark that God has established for a person’s life.
Each time we miss the mark, like Roombie, we pick up smelly, stinky poo that sticks to us (and seems to multiply). Not only is it stuck on us but we often spread it around.
God cleanses us from all impurities when we turn to him (1 John 1:9). There is no such thing as being too dirty for cleansing.
First Clean the Inside
Imagine if I tried to continue to clean the the rest of the floors with Roombie still covered with poo—it would just make a much bigger mess spreading poo in other rooms of my house.
When Jesus rebuked the spiritual leaders of his time he said, Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. (Mt 23:25–26).
Jesus made it clear that there is no place for pretense. Jesus exposed the root cause of their hypocrisy: “they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.” (John 12:43) . We must go deeper than the whitewashed appearance of our life and look honestly our inner thoughts to change according to Christ.
Had I cleaned my house with a vacuum covered in poo it would contaminate the rest of my house. Jesus warned His disciples about the contamination of false spirituality: “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” (Luke 12:1) For Jesus to use such a strong term as “beware” shows how extremely hazardous He considered hypocrisy to be. The following are some of the reasons it is so dangerous:
- It reinforces a person’s self-love;
- •t happens automatically when one is high-minded and is hard to detect;
- It substitutes a false spirituality for the real thing;
- It breeds further deception and delusion;
- It hinders a person from seeing his need to change and repent;
- It fosters fear of man rather than fear of God;
- It magnifies the immediate dividends while blinding one to the eternal consequences.
The writer of Hebrews said, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:12-13) Everything we do in secret and everything we think (including our secret motives) are all done before the Lord. Those who don’t have a reality of the kingdom of God deceive themselves into thinking that their bitterness, lust, greed, self-pity, and envy are insignificant matters. But nevertheless, it all stands out glaringly on the big screen of heaven (as it were) before a holy God. They may convince themselves and others that they truly walk with the Lord, but that doesn’t necessarily make it so.1
I dissembled Roombie and put most pieces into a sink of ammonia water. (You have been spared the image of her covered in poo because I never thought of of photographing it). The worst of it was the poo stuck in the working innards, especially the wheels and brushes. I spent 45 minutes just scrubbing the wheels.
I began with an old tooth brush attempting to get into the intricate tire tread. Then stopped to find a pack of new toothbrushes because I needed more force. I saturated the wheels with ammonia water then used the toothbrush to scrub and tweezers to painstakingly pick tiny bits of poo mixed with dog hairs. Fun.
Cleaning or Scrubbing Produces Character
The cleansing may take some work as those sticky poo pieces imbed on the inside intricate places and need a rough scrubbing, it is important to remember the scrubbing is productive producing character. See Romans 5:3–5.
God not only forgives but removes sin. The cleansing is present and continuous. He cleanses us from all unrighteousness provides for all our needs, makes a way for us, performs miracles, keeps His promises, and defeats darkness with His light.
The Bible uses a lot of imagery. The cleansing power of waters likened to the Word (Bible).
- "How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word." Psalm 119:9
- Jesus adds "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you." John 15:3.
- Paul says ". . . that He might sanctify and cleanse [the church] with the washing of water by the word.” Eph 5:26
I used water and pressure to clean the messy filth. God's Word is like water: it quenches our spiritual thirst; is part of our spiritual birth; and cleanses us from spiritual filth.
Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and bring it about that you walk in My statutes, and are careful and follow My ordinances. Ezekiel 36:25-27.
Cleansing is the just the first step. We must continue to request God's presence in us, stay away from sin (or dog poo). We must ask, seek, and knock, pursuing God, His Kingdom, and His righteousness. In return, God promises to provide all we need.
1. Gallagher, S. (2003). Irresistible to God (p. 73). Dry Ridge, KY: Pure Life Ministries.