Monday, October 10, 2016

Daily Baths - Martin Wiles

A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet to be entirely clean. And you are clean. John 13:10 NLT

As I sat at my computer writing in the early morning hours, my wife hollered, “Come quickly.”

Though we live in the city, a few months ago an opossum came waddling between the privacy fence that surrounds our back yard and made himself at home rummaging around in our yard. He was very small. A few weeks ago, I saw him again, ambling across the top of our privacy fence. He was much larger now. 

On this particular morning, my wife discovered his hideout. A small patch of brush and trees separates our subdivision from the one behind us. One of the larger trees had a hollow in it, and he had made it his home. In the early morning light, he sat upon a strong limb and bathed himself, much like a raccoon or cat. 

To teach His disciples about serving, Jesus on one occasion washed their feet. When He came to Peter, Peter refused. He thought this was beneath the Messiah to perform such a menial task. Jesus explained that though Peter didn’t need to wash all over, his feet still needed washing. After all, people in this time period walked the dusty roads barefooted or either in sandals. 

With rare exception, I, like the opossum, take daily baths. I feel cleaner when I do even if I’ve done nothing that day to get dirty. Oils build up on my skin. I may have eaten at a restaurant with sizzling smells, or perhaps I’ve been “junking” in thrift stores. 

Jesus was talking about a spiritual bath. The disciples had bathed when they trusted Jesus as who He claimed to be—God’s Son. Once this is done, all sins are washed away—past, present, and future. I don’t need a whole body bath again. But I do need daily cleansing. My feet get dirty from walking through the world. The opossum didn’t jump in the lake; he just licked parts of his body. 

My daily baths come in the form of confession for sins of omission and sins of commission. Also apologies for missing opportunities the Savior has sent because I was too busy, selfish, or consumed in my own world. This daily bath keeps me on good terms with Christ and helps me hear Him clearly when He calls. 

Don’t neglect your daily bath. 

Prayer: Father, move us to daily confession so we can hear You clearly when You call us to ministry opportunities. 

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