God's Laundry Soap

God's Laundry Soap

I recently read the very good book "Hearing God" in which the author Dallas Willard closely examined the following scripture:

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. – Eph 5:25 – 27 (NKJV)

He specifically focused on the phrase, “cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.” We can understand that the church in this verse means all who believe in Jesus. So this says that Jesus gave Himself so that He might sanctify and cleanse each of us with the washing of the Holy Bible.

When you think about the act of washing clothes in your washing machine, imagine how the clothing is totally immersed in the soapy water. It penetrates down into the weave of the fabric. The clothing is completely saturated in the cleansing water. That’s how we need to view ourselves in relation to God’s word. We need to fill ourselves so full of the Bible that it penetrates into the “weave” of our being.

To get to this level of saturation, we might consider ways that we can work more Bible time into our daily lives. Daily Bible reading during our quiet time with the Lord is a great first step. We can go further by seeking out music that contains scripture. Two excellent examples of this are the CD, “Word of God Speak: The Worship Session” and the children’s CD by Steve Green, “Hide ‘Em In Your Heart – Bible Memory Melodies.” If you are the kind of person who likes background noise, try listening to an audio Bible instead of reaching for the television remote. You can also hang flash cards of your favorite verses around your home and office.

If we purposefully seek out ways to fill ourselves with God’s word, we will find more and more opportunities to bring the Bible into our daily lives. Let’s pray together, asking God to show us how we can more fully fill our lives with His word.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. – Col 3:16 (NKJV)