"Going through the motions doesn’t please You,
a flawless performance is nothing to You.
I learned God-worship
when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
don’t for a moment escape God’s notice." (Psalm 51:16-17)
Her actions brought to mind these verses. Her “flawless performance” in cleaning the sink, was only smearing the unseen germs around on the counter top. Over and over she was going through the motions, all the while using improper tools. And when she was done, she let go a breath of relief. Her pride in her work was momentary for in her mind, she still saw the filth and would begin the futile process over again.
Just as God sees us when we are living outside of Christ, trying to cleanse sin in our hearts by doing things "our" way. There is only one way to our ABBA and that is our Savior. Jesus Christ.
The all of our life - it has to be all about Him.
It has to be from a changed heart, not just lip service. Just as sitting in a garage doesn't make us a car, neither does just going through the motions bring us into an intimacy with Him.
Looking at my life I see many “heart-shattered” moments as He has/is growing me. Cleansing my heart with The Blood of our Savior. Shattered from the life of "self", of just going through the motions, as my relationship with Him has moved from superficial to intimate.
Although those "heart-shattered" moments cause us great pain, it is only then we are ready for Love.
The Love of our Savior. Jesus Christ.