When I went to school to learn how to cook, I learned three phrases the first day that will never forget. I can still hear Mr. Bushy, Mr. Miller and Mr. Lateurs teaching us the mantras: "Never catch a falling knife," and "The fat is where the flavor is" and finally…"CLEAN AS YOU GO"!
"Clean as you go"…It is better to clean something immediately after it’s been used than it is to postpone the inevitable. When dirty items become stacked up all over the counters and in the sink, and after whatever was on them has been dried on, the task of cleanup becomes a daunting and time-consuming chore. And trying to work in a messy kitchen will halt any forward progress on making your next meal!
"Clean as you go" applies to sin, as well.
When we sin, we should deal with it right away. Letting sins stack up without ever dealing with them only has one possible result: over time they will simply make us dread the process of spiritual cleanup. Scripture teaches that not dealing with sin directly halts any forward spiritual progress:
“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13
We will get dogged down and dread even the thought of cleaning things up. And the longer we go down that road, the more attractive is the option of “concealing instead of revealing.”
But Jesus shows us the path to spiritual cleanliness, doesn’t he? And much of it revolves around our attitudes toward doing the will of God. Peter says this in 1 Peter 4:1-2: “Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God."
Part of doing the will of God definitely has to do with being done with sin. And being done with sin is directly related to suffering in my body. And my attitude toward suffering in my body needs to be the same as Jesus’. In following this path, I will be much more eager to "clean as I go!"