Do not defile yourselves by any of these creatures. Do not make yourselves unclean by means of them or be made unclean by them. Leviticus 11:43
Being clean is something that most people like to be. Although with some jobs people must get dirty, most will strive to clean up as quickly as possible after the job is done.
Those who don’t get cleaned up after getting dirty are often looked down upon as a slob or worse. Yet, despite getting cleaned up and avoiding being dirty, many will continue to play in dirt and think nothing of it.
After listing some animals that the people were to not eat or touch, God told them not to defile themselves with those animals or be made unclean by them.
Although much of the regulations on animals has been done away with when Jesus died and rose again upon the cross, there are many other things that can defile a person and make him unclean. The things that can make a person unclean are not the physical dirt and sweat of this earth, but inner spiritual things that are sin.
Many who would never play in the dirt, will play in sin, telling lies, watching things that should not be seen, gossip, cursing, hating, violent, drunkenness, sexual immorality and more. Doing sin is more filthy and causes more damage than being physically dirty on the outside.
Physical dirt only makes one dirty on the outside and can be easily cleaned off. It does not kill or destroy a person. The spiritual dirt of sin kills a person and is sending him to Hell. It cannot be physically washed away on one’s own, but takes the blood of Jesus to remove.
Believers must do all that they can to not touch or be defiled by any form of sin in their lives.
Most likely you wash yourself physically on a regular basis and strive to not remain physically dirty on the outside. Just as you strive to be physically clean, strive to also be spiritually clean on the inside.
Flee all sin and refuse to touch it or be defiled by it. If you do sin, repent and seek God’s forgiveness and the cleansing by the blood of Jesus upon your life. Jesus died to make you clean and holy, don’t go back to playing in the mud and getting filthy again.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen you to flee all sin; that you will not be defiled by walking in any sin against God; that you will repent and turn from all sin; and that you will live the holy life that God has for you.