Our house is on the market right now, so I spend a lot of time seeing this place through the eyes of others. Today, I noticed the exterior of the house really needs some TLC. The grass needs mowing, the hedges are kind of scruffy, and a thin layer of southern slime has attached itself to the house. There are even weeds growing in the rain gutters! We've been a little busy planting a new church, ok? The fine points of home maintenance have been pretty low on the priority list. So the place needs a bath, a good power washing.
As I stood there taking it all in, I thought how our lives are like my house. We can get so wrapped up in the business of living, we neglect the upkeep of our spiritual "house". The Bible says God's Spirit dwells in us, we're His house! But we can be "covered" with layers of grunge......worry, doubt, fear, bitterness, anxiety. That can make spiritual things hard to see, like trying to look through a dirty window. What we need is a good power washing! What that handy machine does for the house, God's word will do for us! Let's look at Ephesians 5:25-26:
....just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God's word. NLT (emphasis mine)
God uses His word to wash us clean from sin, from the gunk of the world! Listen to the words of Jesus in John 15:3.
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. KJV (again, emphasis mine)
That's why we feel so good after church on Sunday. We've been washed with the water of the word, and we feel clean! So the next time you feel like life is sticking to you, get clean! Get out your Bible for a good old fashioned power washing! I'm thinking a daily bath is a good idea......