Washing and drying the laundry is not one of my favorite chores. When my children were younger, I needed to do the laundry several times a week. I felt a sense of accomplishment once I completed this task. However, as soon as the job was done, someone would throw in more dirty clothes, and I had to start the process all over again. It felt like a never-ending job.
The Chore of Washing
A few years ago, I found a reason to stop complaining as much about this task. What changed my attitude? I saw women in other countries do their laundry, and that changed my opinion. My laundry process felt so simple compared to the method for laundry in some nations. I just throw my things into a washing machine, press a few buttons, and then sit back and wait. I think I dislike the fact that washing is an endless chore.Washing – Once God does the laundry, we will remain spotless for all eternity. Click To Tweet
In many developing countries, doing the laundry can be a several-day process. It starts with collecting buckets of water or washing things directly in the river. Next, the women bend over a bucket or river to scrub all the clothes by hand. Finally, they rinse the items, wring them out, and then hang them somewhere to dry. Sometimes the river water is so muddy that all their white things turn a dirty brown so that they never look clean. The task is backbreaking.
Jesus and Washing
Jesus also experienced the chore of washing things during His ministry. In John 13:12, we see the account of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples; “When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. Do you understand what I have done for you? he asked them.” Jesus labored over this chore just like any worker. He used a basin of water filled from a nearby river. Our Lord bent over each person to wash their feet and then rubbed them dry. The account provides a beautiful picture of a chore done in love. It provides us with the example of doing everything, even jobs we dislike, with love.Washing – Jesus' life shows us an example of how He washes us with His love. Click To Tweet
Jesus’ life shows us another example of how He washes us with His love. As shown in Titus 3:5, “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” Jesus washes away our sins. His death on the cross provides us a cleaning that never needs to be repeated. And, this cleansing requires minimal effort on our part; we just have to ask the Lord to forgive our sins and then ask Him to enter our hearts and wash away our sins. And, we do not need to do any backbreaking work to receive this gift of His great mercy. So, we just need to repent of our sins and allow Him to wash us clean.
Today is a good day to begin again. Once God does the laundry, we will remain spotless for all eternity.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for washing us clean of our sins and giving us new life in you. Help us always follow your example of being a joyful servant to those around us and do so with a cheerful heart. Amen
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Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”