Clean Insides – Today’s Family Devotion

Clean Insides


Bible Reading of the Day: Read Titus 1:15-16.

Verse of the Day: “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure” (Titus 1:15, NIV).

“Thanks for coming over, Rudy,” Darbi said as she opened the door for her friend. “I don’t know what’s wrong with it. Sometimes it works fine, but sometimes it acts really weird.” She led the way through the house to the family den. “There it is,” she said, as she opened the door to the den and pointed to the home computer on the desk.

Rudy rubbed his hands together and sat down on the desk chair facing the computer. “OK,” he said. “Let’s see what we’ve got here.”

He started opening and closing applications on the computer, alternately typing on the keyboard and working the mouse that controlled the cursor on the computer screen. After about fifteen minutes, he turned the computer off. Then he stood, moved the monitor, and began taking the cover off the computer unit itself.

“Can you tell what’s wrong with it?” Darbi asked, hovering over Rudy like a concerned mother hen.

“Well,” he said, as he pulled the cover off to expose the chips, circuits, and other components that formed the “guts” of the computer. “This could be part of your problem right here.”

Darbi stared at the dusty interior of the computer, looking for something that looked broken or disconnected. “What?” she asked. “I don’t see anything.”

“Do you have a vacuum cleaner?” Rudy asked. “With a small, thin attachment?”

Darbi disappeared and, a few moments later, came back in with a canister vacuum cleaner, a thin, flat nozzle attached to the hose.

Rudy took the hose from her. “Home computers tend to attract a lot of dust and other stuff,” he explained, “because of carpets and plants and other things.”

“You mean my computer just needs to be vacuumed?” Darbi asked.

Rudy shrugged. “Dust and other junk can get into your computer and mess it up. There are a lot of sensitive pieces to a computer. Dust and dirt can really corrupt your computer and make it not work right.”

“Wow,” Darbi said. “I never thought of cleaning my computer’s insides.”

Rudy spent the next half hour cleaning his friend’s computer. When they put it back together and tried it, everything seemed to be working much better. “Now, that may have been all it needed,” he said. “But if it still doesn’t work right, you may want to take it to be professionally cleaned.”

“OK,” Darbi said. “I never knew clean ‘insides’ could be so important.”

TO DISCUSS: What effects did the impurities inside Darbi’s computer have on how it worked? Do you think impurities on your “insides” have effects too? Like what? How can staying pure in thought, word, and deed make your life “work better”?

TO PRAY: “Lord, we need you to check us out spiritually from the inside out. Remove anything impure that’s inside of us.”