I have had an extremely busy and eventful week and it reflected in my not writing any blog posts practically all week. One of the many things I did this week was to travel within the country. It was a very hectic and tiring experience but richly rewarding too.
On one particular day, the activity levels went through the roof. We travelled by air and then covered several miles by road on the same day. We visited places I never knew existed throughout my lifetime and it culminated in my settling down in a hotel room for the night.
Anyone who saw me that day would have struggled to believe the bevy of activities I had just experienced. In particular, I looked just as clean and fresh on the outside as the moment I stepped out of the shower at the very start of my hectic day. How wrong you would have been!
The moment I stepped into the shower and started scrubbing myself, my eyes travelled down to the base of the white bath tub, as it contrasted with the bath water that was running off my body. It was quite dirty if I’m being honest. The water was discoloured by the dust and dirt that had covered my skin from all my exposure to the dusty roads and thick jungle that characterised the countryside I visited.
The dirt on my skin was invisible to the naked eye. It took a combination of the water from the shower and my scrubbing, to get rid of the dirt. Why am I boring you with all this? The moment I saw the dirty bath water, I also realised that this was the very same thing that happens to us spiritually. We may look clean on the outside, not realising how tainted we might have become due to sin but the moment we allow ourselves to be washed by the water of the word, we start to see the dirty bath water running off our bodies.
Sometimes we think we’ve ‘got it’ as Christians. Sometimes we think we’ve arrived. Sometimes we think we are better than others. Sometimes we overestimate ourselves. This is why we should spend quality time washing ourselves clean with the word of God. Nothing reveals the true state of our hearts like the Word of God and His Spirit. Together, they make the most effective cleaning Agents in the entire universe.
to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. – Ephesians 5:26
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. – John 3:5