Let me say that again, I love my new shower. It’s beautiful! But mostly, it just gets me clean. Who doesn’t like to be clean?
Anyway, my friends at TNT Services created my shower for me when they were remodeling my house. (If you like it and you need some work done in your house and are in the North Texas area, contact me and I’ll give you their contact info.)
Sorry for the toilet in the shot but there was no way around that. 🙂
Anyway, being clean. Clean is a great feeling. Having your body washed with water and soap, standing under the flood, and feeling it run over you. There’s nothing like it? Or is there?
Well, I can tell you that there is. Being washed clean in the Word is even better. All you have to do is ask. Just like the leper in the book of Matthew asked Jesus, you need to ask. Matthew 8:2-3 (HCSB) The leper “…knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean. Reaching out His hand He touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean.” Immediately his disease was healed.” Let that sink in a minute. Jesus loves us so much that He actually touched, physically touched, a man with an incurable (for the time) skin disease. In front of people. Where He could have been ostracized for the action. But He touched the leper and made him clean. There are several things to note here. One of them is that the fella ASKED Jesus to make him clean. The guy had to ask for help. He had to ask Jesus, specifically, for help.
How much more will He clean you if you ask him? If you are sick, ask the Healer to make you well. If you are a sinner, have made great mistakes in your life, like me… Ask the Greatest Healer (Psalm 147:3) who ever walked the earth to touch you and make you clean from them. Imagine asking and receiving God’s healing touch… how clean would that make you feel? I bet it would be better than any shower could do. I know it was for me when I asked.
So, what’s all this asking to be made clean mean to you? You are not sick… you are not a great sinner (that’s another post :))… why do I need to be clean, you ask yourself. Well, how else are you going to get a new life? A better life? A life that will allow you to have a relationship with God who loves you (Romans 5:8)?
An example of what He can do for you… 2 Corinthians 5:17 (HCSB) “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.” He gives you new life. A new, clean life… what a wonderful, awesome thing!
God gives us a new life through Jesus Christ. He opens our eyes… even in our slavery. Ezra 9:8 (HCSB) says, “But now, for a brief moment, grace has come from the Lord our God to preserve a remnant for us and give us a stake in His holy place. Even in our slavery, God has given us new life and light to our eyes.”
There is something wonderful to celebrate here. Being clean with water and soap is a fantastic thing. But being cleansed in the Word (and Jesus and the Word are one in the same according to John 1:1) is a marvelous miracle worthy of screaming from the rooftops.
Some supporting scriptures for your review, all from the Holman Christian Standard Bible:
Ezekiel 36:25 “I (the Lord) will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols.”
Jeremiah 17:14 “Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved…”
Psalm 51:7 says, “Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Ephesians 5:25-27 “…just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.”
John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Acts 22:16 says, “And now, why delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins by calling on His name.”
Psalm 51:10 “God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
What are you waiting for? Call on His name. The ONLY One that can wash you clean as far as the East is from the West. Better than being washed in a running shower any day, even with soap!