Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Holy hygiene

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. These are simple steps to maintaining a healthy, clean head of hair. It’s the same with your body. Every day, you get into the shower, lather up, and rinse. Repeating is optional, as long as you come out clean.

Paul reminds us that “No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body, which is the church. And we are his body” Ephesians 5:29-30 (NLT).

Few would neglect daily hygiene. When circumstances occasionally keep you in the same clothes for days, finally getting to shower, shave, brush your teeth, put on clean clothes, you are wonderfully refreshed and even say, “I feel like myself again.”

The same is true with spiritual hygiene. Skipping time in the Word, avoiding praying, and generally ignoring God for a period of days can leave you feeling in desperate need of a spiritual shower. Just as prolonged neglect of your body will result in serious health problems, prolonged neglect of your spiritual well-being makes you a dysfunctional part of Christ’s body.

Keeping our lives clean helps keep His body functioning properly. Spiritual cleanliness is the only route to true godliness.

Do you have a holy hygiene routine? How do you keep spiritually clean? Share your thoughts in the comments!

NOTE: For the past and for the next several weeks, Tuesday’s post will be a brief two-minute devotional. Think, “Tuesday Two-Minute Devotional” or “Two-Minute Tuesdays or something  along those lines. ;-)

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