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Isaiah 64:6 – For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

The imagery that Isaiah is using here is that of Leprosy. It is a disease that makes your skin and body parts shrivel up and fall off before eventually slowly killing you. It is also a disease that can be contracted by touching someone who is infected with it. Therefore, they are “unclean,” and their clothing are filthy rags that no one would dare touch. It is popular to say that we have “nothing” to offer a Holy God, but that is not really true. We have plenty to offer God; it’s just that what we have to offer is filthy and diseased by sin. It is “unclean” and repulsive. It is of no value to Him. What we offer God is worse than moldy bread, or sour milk, or even soiled clothing. Your finest speech, your chart-topping song, and your prettiest Prada dress do not impress Him. That is not to say that He does not find great pleasure in you, though. Oh, how He loves to hear your voice and see your efforts that bring Him glory. What He wants your heart, not your filthy rags. God is pleased to listen to a sermon that glorifies Him before others. He desires to hear you sing His praises. The Creator smiles when you put on your prettiest dress to please Him. But these things do not impress Him; they simply make Him a proud Father. My young kids are not accomplished artists, but I still proudly display their artwork on my office walls. What the God of the universe wants from you and I is for us to follow His commands and bring Him glory every single day (1 Sam. 15:22; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:6–8; Matt. 9:13; etc.). Do you want to make your Father smile? Do not offer Him filthy rags or earthly gestures. No, He wants your heart. God simply wants you. Seek Him, read His Word, pray to Him, and sing His praises daily. Hourly. Constantly. Time spend = relationship built.

 David Miller, is the Associate Dean for the traditional program, assistance professor of Bible and theology, Director of the honors program.

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