My daughter hates to do her laundry. She will do anything to avoid the fifteen minutes it takes to fold and put away her clothes. It’s getting better as she gets older and has accepted the inevitability of never ending piles of dirty clothes. It’s a battle that my wife and I are slowly gaining ground. Though I must admit, I don’t particularly enjoy doing laundry either.
A couple of years ago, I picked my daughter up from school and she already knew there was an overflowing basket of clothes on her bed waiting to be put away when we arrived home.
“Daddy, can you please help me with my laundry?” she begged me. Puppy dog eyes. Bottom lip sticking out. The whole bit. I had certainly seen this before.
“No,” I replied. “I can’t help you.”
She must have asked for my help twenty times on our short car ride home. With every denied request, she grew angrier with me. This time I didn’t lose my cool or raise my voice. I just kept gently repeating, “Sorry sweetheart, I can’t help you.”
As she drug her tiny defeated body up the stairs to her room, I could feel her despair in every heavy step.
The next thing I knew, this depressed little girl that had gone up the stairs was standing in the doorway of her room with tears streaming down her face… and a massive smile.
She was holding an empty laundry basket.
I had snuck home early and finished her laundry before picking her up from school. She ran up, threw her tiny arms around me and squeezed, “You did it all! Thank you! I love you!”
When it comes to our salvation, God cannot help us. Not because he’s mean or wants to see us squirm, but for the sheer fact that our salvation is already finished. Perfectly completed, forever.
Christ took our filthy rags, placed them on himself and walked the hill of Calvary to be slain in our place. Instead of being clothed in our own filth, we now stand before God covered in Christ’s robe of spotless righteousness. The sinless life he lived on earth now accounts as our own. We can’t add to his saving work, take away from it, or be helped to complete it. Our dirty laundry is gone, now and forever.
When we realize that there is no longer a mountain of sin waiting for us to answer to, we are free to live lives of gratitude and praise to God for what he has already completed.
And on that day when our Heavenly Father calls us home, we can run to our redeemer with joy in our hearts, wrap our arms around him and proclaim, “You did it all! Thank you! I love you!”
He can’t help us… It is finished.
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:13-14