Daily Devotional by Pam Ford Davis

Dishpan Hands

I once worked at A & W Restaurant; it was not a coveted position.

The manager expected me to wash dishes, act as evening carhop and clean the bathroom before closing. You now understand why people weren’t standing in line to apply for the job. I spent the majority of my work hours at the sink washing dishes; yes, I had dishpan hands.

As a rule, I don’t mind washing dishes at all. It was my first household chore. Mom expected each of her daughters to wash dishes after the family meals. I may have postponed the chore but the dishes were eventually, washed, rinsed and placed in a dish-rack to dry.

I still wash dishes after meals and make an effort try to clean them thoroughly.

Jesus gave reproof. “As He was speaking, a Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and reclined at the table. When the Pharisee saw this, he was amazed that He did not first perform the ritual washing before dinner. But the Lord said to him: ‘Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and evil. Fools! Didn’t He who made the outside make the inside too? But give from what is within to the poor,and then everything is clean for you (Luke 11:37-41 HCSB).”

Jesus wants me to be clean; inside and out!

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