Thursday, February 10, 2022

Are You Washed By the Word?


By Donna Bucher

“Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:25-27 ESV



One of those tasks which never feels done, washing dishes tests the patience of every good housekeeper. Dishwashing presents a repetitive task occupying space on the daily “To-Do” list.

As an accomplishment driven personality, dishwashing mocks my need for completion almost as much as dusting. The moment the last piece of silverware hits the drawer, another item appears in the kitchen sink.

Yet, in some twisted way, dishwashing provides a form of therapy for me. Though we own a dishwasher, in the three plus years in this home, the door of the machine has never been opened. Admittedly, only my husband and I occupy our home, but even when a family of five claimed dish space, the dishwasher remained a silent observer.


While I keep my home clean and tidy, my two favorite tasks are dishwashing and laundry. Holding soiled items in my hands and through my loving efforts rendering them clean again brings extreme satisfaction. Even though moments or days hence I must repeat the same effort.


God met me at the kitchen sink one day recently during one of my therapy sessions. If dishes could talk, mine would have amazing tales to tell. For to them I impart my sorrows, anger, and disappointments, along with my hopes, plans and the next several things on my To-Do list.


On this particular day, my morning intention included “slowing down” and noticing God’s presence in the moments of my day.


But hearing his inward voice as I scrubbed the coffee stains off my sink caught me off guard. Just moments before, I lamented an occurrence which happened at work earlier in the week. Unhappy with my response (again), I asked the Lord if he ever tired of my failing him on a regular basis.


The words of Ephesians 5 stopped me as I rinsed the sink. “You are washed by the word”. Followed by the thought, “Yes, I still get dirty in the everyday of life, but God cleanses me from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 ESV.

Indeed, by God’s mercy He saved me by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit at salvation. Titus 3:5. But He continues His perfect work of washing and renewing each time I come to His Word.


Like the clean water cleansing the dirty dishes day after day, the pure, clean water of God’s Word deep cleans my soul, scours my motives, sanitizes my thoughts and rinses my conscience, as I immerse myself in its truths and obey them.


I patiently wash my dishes because I value them, and in fact I enjoy using them; even though they require daily cleansing. My loving Heavenly Father patiently washes me through the power of His Word because He loves me; I am His peculiar treasure, even though my sin nature causes me to become dirty again.


When I come to Him with an open, repentant heart, the pure water of His Word removes all of sin’s hindrances, and frees me once again for the master’s good use.


Dear One, if you feel world weary and discouraged by sin, lean into God’s cleansing touch today; be immersed in the pure water of his Word. For his cleansing faithfulness knows no limits.

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1 comment:

  1. Donna, I am also one who happens to like washing dishes. It is mindless to me and so I can use that time to think and pray. I so appreciate the connection you have made here. Much the way we wash dishes because we value them and they will be used once again. the Lord washes us in and through His Word to cleanse us and prepare us to be used once again. Thank you for this beautiful post!


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