We are completely clean. Sometimes we’ll refer to abstaining from drugs, alcohol, sexually acting out, gambling, or other compulsive behaviors as being clean. In Christ, we are completely clean. When we give our lives to Christ, we receive a spiritual cleansing. All the filth that has been clinging to us has washed away. Christ has cleansed our souls and we are clean.
Abstinence does not equal being clean or in recovery. To abstain from a compulsive behavior does not mean that we are on the road to recovery. In recovery, our lives have to be in the process of transformation. If we are only abstaining, then we are not allowing Christ to do His work of healing in us. The possibility of long-term, quality, life-altering change is probably not in our favor without support and accountability from a community of believers in recovery.
Christ makes us clean and then sets us on the road to recovery. Christ doesn’t just make us clean and then stop there. He then gives us a roadmap, with a purpose and a plan. This plan involves changes in how we look at and respond to this life that Christ has given us. Christ has made us a clean spirit and has set us on a path of sanctification called recovery.
Written by Jackell