Today’s Word is “Washing of water by the Word”
For the last few days the following Scripture from Ephesians has been repeating itself in my heart. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27 NKJV). This Scripture has been on loop within my heart, but the portion of it that has been standing out is “washing of water by the Word”.
The Church of Christ is the Bride of Christ, and He is coming back to collect His Bride. As a collective Church, how do you think we are doing as far as loving and caring for others? How are we at making disciples (I’m not talking about notching our belts with other folks personal salvation, but actually personally ministering and teaching discipleship to others)? How do you think we do in sharing our testimonies and living Christ-centered lives? Do we really pray for others with spirits of love and compassion, or do we often pray for others as afterthoughts?
As a collective Church, we all have something we can learn from others. We are people trying to do life together. Often, under the umbrella of “Christianity”, we forget we are surrounded by other people trying to do life together and we clash. God created us as unique individuals to complement each other with our gifts and talents, yet too often, we use our gifts and talents to demean others and tear them down. Jesus Christ is the Word of God, and it is when we dive into the Word and swim deep that we begin to change. Jesus changes us, but we have to allow Him access to do so.
Washing of water by the Word – where am I going with this? This is what I see: I see a Bride and Groom standing on the shore. The water is crystal clear, almost bluish, and there are words swimming within it. There are words surrounding the Bride and Groom, there are words all over actually. It’s as if the words, instead of simply being audible or on a page, they are living, breathing and active throughout. The Bride is crying, her wedding dress is no longer white, but has become dingy yellow, dull and mud-splattered from her journey. The Groom’s suit is brilliant white and sparkling, and she feels very unworthy of being His Bride. He leans down and whispers to her, I can see the words forming in the air, but am unable to make them out for they are, after all, His whisper to her. After a few moments, she begins to wipe the tears from her eyes, and He takes her by the hand. The smile on His face is all I can see as He leads her to the waters edge. She looks towards Him and her focus is solely on Him as He leads her out farther into the water. She does not notice that her dress has begun to change and is no longer the dull, dingy yellow with mud splatters, but is becoming the same brilliant white as her Groom. Her focus is so on Him and His on her. They begin to dance and as they swirl and twirl, the words in the water and air sweep over them creating an even brighter brilliance.
I hear the Lord say “You are My Bride, I AM the Word that changes, that sustains, that sanctifies and changes you. Swim in the water of My Word, be cleaned, be healed, be made whole. Focus on Me and let the water of My Word wash away this world and the stain it leaves. My love for you is everlasting.”
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV).