Every day we are providing our bodies with a wash, but how often do we provide our hearts and souls with a spiritual wash? Washing beyond the flesh and reaching deep down beyond what our natural eyes see to the very contents of our soul.
The hot water pouring down my body washing away the dirt from my long day, as I stood in the shower I continued to performed my usual routine of lathering the body wash onto my wash cloth, however there was something different about this body wash. I began to feel a ceremonial washing of my body, my vessel, for the purpose of purification. Oh! This body wash had nothing to do with washing my body, my vessel, for sanitary or hygienic purposes it was pure water washing away my evil conscience from within my heart.
This was beyond my outward body; I was infused with my Savior’s fragrance when he shed his blood on the cross. Jesus was extracting all my hidden sins, brokenness, and pain as I felt the pressure of the hot water flowing upon the outward appearance of my body I felt the presence of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ digging dipper than this man made body wash could cleanse.
This body wash showered me with an invigorating cleansing that went beyond my typical shower experience. I was no longer preoccupied with ritual purification for this was a purification of the inside of my heart and spirit. I began to exalt Jesus for He loved me so much to wash me from my sins in his own blood.
What was I experiencing? Ablution. It was a dipping into my Savior’s blood to wash everything that had contaminated and defiled my heart. Not only was I clean on the outside Jesus had went to the core of my soul and washed the moral filth that could not be washed away with synthetic body wash.
As I laid prostate in the shower reflecting upon every transgression that I had committed I was energized with a spiritual cleansing that drew me nearer to my God with a true heart. Ablution! You see my peccadilloes were forgiven and forgotten in the blood of the Lamb. This body wash created in me a clean heart and renewed my spirit with a passion to never betray my Savior again. I grasp on to the Lamb that provided me with a different body wash and refused to let this experience go. With tears in my eyes and a touch of His glory resting upon my face I came out of this shower anew.
You see the soil from my common life kept me from approaching the altar, but this body wash took what life transferred on me and carried it away never to be spoken or thought of again. For my past had accumulated “stuff” that would not allow me to enter into the presence of the King and my “Body Wash” reconciled our relationship.
So the next time you are in the shower lather up with God’s spiritual body wash, soak in his presence. Jesus encouraged the Pharisees to “cleanse the inside of the cup and dish” in other words He exhorted them to cleanse their hearts and spirits. Often we shower just the outside of our bodies but Jesus is inviting you to allow Him to give you a spiritual body wash. You see only Jesus can purify or absolved you from the guilt of your sins and your past. I encourage you to step in the shower and allow Jesus to give you a body wash that will liberate you from standing behind the shadow of your past!