I love going to our open market in Guebwiller and smelling the homemade soaps for sale! There is such variety it is difficult to choose! My favorite is lavender because I like to think its fragrance is soothing. But there are all kinds available, including lemon verbena, almond, honey and so many more. Some are made with olive oil, others with shea butter. There are soaps that have crushed flowers or herbs in them. But one thing they all have in common is that they make one clean, even the black soap!
Our verse for today describes how Christ sets apart and cleanses those who are part of His church. His goal is to create in us glorious splendor! One day we will be holy and faultless, without spot or wrinkle!
This soapy cleaning process starts with His sacrifice on the cross! I am washed in His blood and my sins are forgiven forever! He washes me whiter than snow and it is ALL His doing. But because I still sin, my “feet get dirty” (John 13:1-10) That is when I need “spiritual soap.” And it comes from God’s Word.
The Lord uses His Word to signal to me what needs to be put right in my life. It does not happen every time, but often. When I am in His Word I am motivated to to obey Him. He uses the written Word to speak to me and our relationship becomes closer. I come away from these encounters squeaky clean and smelling good!
As lovely as soaps are, one day they will no longer be needed!