All-Purpose Cleanser

It’s a ticking bomb found in airports and other public places, randomly detonating with the roar of a lion. I’m talking here about automatic flush toilets. They mean well, but do we really need our backsides sprayed with an international smorgasbord of bacteria? For those with weak constitutions, do NOT google “Germs and Automatic Flush Toilets.” Let’s just say it would be safer and more convenient if restrooms provided bacterial dispensers marked, “E-coli, Streptococcus, and Who-Knows-What-All,” that we might contaminate ourselves at leisure.
Enter, wipes. Wipes of every kind: Diaper wipes, facial wipes, hand wipes, disinfectant wipes, personal wipes, scented, unscented, hypoallergenic, MI-free, paraben-free and alcohol-free; with aloe, vitamin e, charcoal and…green tea— I’m guessing, for those times when sucking on a wipe just seems the right thing to do. Then there are organic wipes, flushable, quilted for extra comfort, triple-layered, and one that boasts of our evolutionary progress: “Made with 99% water!” I recommend the one handy- say, the bottom of your shirt—when your phone drops into the toilet as you leap off the seat and slam into the metal door before the detonator blows.
Like unseen bacteria, spiritual contaminants continually mist us—sometimes burst upon us—and like a lion, seek to devour. As if it’s not stressful enough to dodge the visible spray of pop-up porn, e-mail ads, and Facebook rants, I have the unseen but deadly schemes of my own sneaky-little-dog nature, encouraged and lauded by Satan himself. I’m tempted to place all blame on that poor little devil, when in fact, taking inventory of my thoughts on any given day is enough to confirm that salvation from hell later is secondary to my need to be saved from myself, now.
Thankfully we have a better—than—a—wipe, all-purpose cleansing solution: The Word of God.
The Bible says,
“… Just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word…” “…You were cleansed…by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (taken from Ephesians 5:26 and 1 Corinthians 6:11, NLT)
And guaranteed by the Big Guy Himself in Ezekiel 36:25-27,
“I‘ll pour pure water over you, and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body, and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands.”
No new or improved product here, just new and improved us, brought to you by that humble, no—frills, dusty little book on your shelf, cleansing all the known and unknown areas of our souls. It’s a hot shower in a handy carrying case. Simply open, read the instructions and apply daily.
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