Scripture for Today: Ephesians 5:25-26 “Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her, to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word.”
It was eerie going through the car wash and having that huge spinning material slap at the car! We were in a place where a red fine dust had covered the car and my meticulous husband would have none of it! Normally, he does all the washing by hand, making sure to clean all the hard-to-reach places. How nice to just sit there and have the machines do the work automatically for you!
Today’s verse uses the image of washing with water to describe what God’s Word does for a believer. Out of love, Christ sacrificed His life for the Church. He makes it possible for the believer to be holy, set apart for Himself and cleansed. One day we will be presented as radiant, having no stain, wrinkle or blemish! And it is all grace, a wonderful gift received through faith (Eph.2:8-9). But in the meantime, there is work to do! God uses His Word to teach, rebuke, correct and train us to be righteous (II Tim. 3:16).
I find that when my only time in the Word is during a sermon, that washing of the Word may miss a few spots! It is the daily wash that I need. He knows just the areas where more water is needed. There may even be times where a power wash is called for! It is through His Word that I even see the dirt and feel His conviction. How faithful He is to cleanse me completely when I humble myself and ask! (I John 1:9) How refreshing that daily wash can be!
Lord, thank you for the loving cleansing power of your Word!