Are You Washed up?
We take a shower or bath everyday, and some every other day. We wash our clothes, But are we really clean?
Contributed by Chaplin Mark
Ephesians 5:26 That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,
John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
The Greek word rendered washing in verse 26 means laver.
In the Old Testament, the priests wash themselves from earthly defilement in the laver
Now the washing of the water washes us from defilement.
Therefore, we are cleansed by the laver of the water in the Word.
Day by day, morning and evening, we need to come to the Bible and be
cleansed by the laver of water in the Word.
By coming to the Word in this way, we are cleansed from the defilement we have accumulated in our contact with the world.
Whenever you contact the world in the course of your human living, you need to come to the Word to be cleansed.
Some time ago I was speaking about Bible reading. A sister told me that she had a poor memory and forgot everything she read in the Word. She asked me what was the purpose for her to go on reading the Bible.
In my answer, I spoke of the way women in China wash rice in a willow basket.
They dip the basket in and out of the water a number of times. Every time they take the basket out of the water, all the water flows out of the basket.
Nevertheless, although the basket retains no water, both the basket and the
rice are washed.
Then I applied this illustration to the reading of the Word.
Although we may not retain anything of what we read, we are washed by it nonetheless, and we are cleansed.
Let us be encouraged to come to the Word again and again to be washed, just as we wash our body’s on a daily basis.
Father God, thank You for giving me Your Word, that I can read, and be washed.
I know that I do get dirty during the course of my day. So, I want to develop a habit of reading the Bible every day, and be cleansed.