Sometimes explaining the things of God to my kids puts in on a level even my stubborn heart can appreciate. It went something like this.......
The sin in our lives is a lot like garbage. We can all picture the ugly and dirty nature of that. We don't like to see it so we put it in bags, in cans and then as it piles up we tie it off and put it outside in another can hidden from sight. We buy screens to make our trash cans look more concealed, we purchase fancy trash cans for inside our house and many of us pay to have someone take our trash away.
At some point the trash has to go to the curb.
Someone has to come and pick it up.
The empty can needs to be put away so the process can start all over agian.
Our sin piles up. We live in a fallen world for scripture says, "all have fallen short of the glory of God" and are in desperate need of a savior. In a way we need the garbage taken out and in an even more impossible way we need someone to haul if off to the dump.
God is ALWAYS ready and willing to come by and remove the garbage from your heart, but we have the responsibilty to put it out at the curb for collection by means of confession.
The days of Lent are drawing to an end and Easter is in sight, but the days of confession never come to a close as long as we are here. Our need for forgiveness continues. But His willingness likewise is without end!
Gotta run! I hear the trash truck coming and I have some things I need to haul out to the curb!