At the conference last weekend, one of the speakers (sorry can't remember who) encouraged us to have "holy hearts and dirty fingernails." He was challenging us to remain holy in our hearts, but to be present in the world and not be afraid to get our hands dirty. Jesus modled this - he was perfect and holy - yet he wasn't afraid to bust out of his safe group of friends and seek the lost. He wasn't afraid to get his fingernails dirty. He hung out with the worst of sinners, and yet he somehow managed to keep his heart holy.
I'm challenged by this, because I don't do it well. I've got a network of people who I'm "comfortable" around - and I'm often too comfortable to want to branch out. If I'm gonna call myself a Jesus-follower, I better step it up.
It occured today that we often sing a song at Church that goes like this: "Give us clean hands, and give us pure hearts, let us not lift our souls to another." Should we really mean that? Do we want clean hands? Or do we want worn hands and pure hearts?
The song is biblical (psalm 24 especially, and many O.T. rewards for "clean hands") ... I'm not shooting down the song. I like the song. After reading a bit, I guess it's biblical to have clean hands - but I'm not sure I would have called Jesus' hands clean. Certainly sin-less, but he put those hands to work.
Any thoughts out there?