“Cleanliness is next to godliness.” I have heard this several times over the years and it didn’t make much sense to me. Some people believe it to be literal and that it should be taken literally. In other words, if you have not had a bath for several days, then your spiritual life is going on a downward trend. If this is true, does it mean that…smells and dirt drive God away?
Others use it more figuratively, emphasizing that the purity of your heart is the first step to becoming holy.
Well, according to the scriptures, the first step to be holy and saved is inviting Jesus into your heart and asking him to save you. He is then the one who makes us new, as we can not be saved by our good works. He takes all our mess and cleans it up.
But today, I think I have found a meaning…
Showers are great, although not everyone likes them. Showers are useful for getting all dirt, the stink of stale sweat and lingering food odors off. For others, showers also give them a chance to sing to their heart’s content, to get to that note, run that scale or just be able to sing without the ears and eyes of judgment anywhere in sight.
This is why showers are relaxing for many, but beyond that, showers give you an opportunity to be apart from everyone else…by yourself, a place you can retreat to… to think. It is the one place where it is perfectly legal to be alone. Even phones are not allowed in the shower.
There have been testimonies that great ideas come out of the shower, not just because of the shower itself, but the chance it gives you to think, roll ideas around in your head, organize, plan, meditate and rejuvenate.
In this century, people are beginning to understand the importance of retreating from the rest of the world, from the stress of school, or your job, from family and screaming kids, from Facebook and Instagram…to think and rest. It reduces stress – the stress that is responsible for many illnesses. God had said this a long time ago but we were not listening!
Remember Joshua chapter one verse eight? God told Joshua, ” this book of the law must not depart from your mouth, you shall recite it day and night, so that you may carefully observe everything written in it, for then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do…” The Bible also said in second Corinthians chapter three verse eighteen, “and we all, with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory are being transformed into his image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is Spirit.”
Every time you think about God; every time you contemplate, meditate on Him; every time you stop to count your blessings; every time you do not forget to remember His goodness; or to think of all that He wants to do through and for you;
every time you ask Him to show you how you can be more like Him; every time you raise your voice to Him in song as the warm water hits your face; you are drawing closer and nearer. You are becoming like Him and you are setting yourself up for a blessing.
Your place of retreat might not be the shower, it might be while driving to work or on the train to school, it might be while having breakfast, or just sitting in a quiet place for a few minutes. Whatever it is, ponder on the One who made you.
So in 2017, take more showers, meditate more, think more and get closer to Him.
Let me know your thoughts…comment below..
oh and… HAPPY NEW YEAR!