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Saturday, November 17, 2018
The Car Wash Message by Susan Harris
For the 999th time the metaphor blared in my ears as I cocooned in the auto wash: This is the Christian life.
Without fail over the dozen years I’ve been using the auto-wash with its convenience of water jets, soapy suds, “feathery” brushes, and whooshing robotic arms, the message rises with the spray; deep in my heart and up into the cloistered space. Cocooned inside the car while savouring a creamy mocha, I ponder on the stages of spiritual growth:
We go our merry way until that moment in time when we are stopped…
Then as the lights on the sensor rotate the stages of wash upon my vehicle, I deliberate:
Cleaning – Only imperfect things needs to be cleaned. Imperfect people floundering in sin are THE candidates. For all have sinned... (Romans 3:23).
Washing – The blood of Jesus, the Perfect One, washes our sin permanently (John 1:17).
Polishing – After we are cleansed, we are polished, made shiny to draw others to Christ (Isaiah 49:2).
Surface protectant – Deflect dirt and grime; the enemy. Those who are committed to Christ are protected in so many way…He covers them (Psalm 91). He provides armour (Ephesians 6:10-18).
Spot free rinse – We are a spotless bride to Christ as the Spirit conforms us (Ephesians 5).
Air drying - The invisible power of the air from the jets dissipates the water on the car’s surfaces in the final stage of the wash. The Holy Spirit is the invisible power in the Christian life. He does the finishing work as we are moulded to perfection (Acts 1:8, Acts 2, Galatians 5:22-23).
My silver CRV Honda is once again sleek and attractive, a thing to be admired on the dirty, slushy roads. And it's an ever-present reminder that I, too, will one day be perfect. In Eternity.
If you haven’t invited Jesus to be Saviour and Lord, why not invite Him now through this simple prayer:
"Dear Jesus, I have sinned and I need your forgiveness. I invite you to be my Saviour and Lord, and ask You to help me to be the kind of person You want me to be. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sin and for giving me eternal life. Amen."
SUSAN HARRIS IS DRIVEN TO LEAD MEN, WOMEN, BOYS, AND GIRLS TO THE SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST, AND INTO A HOME IN ETERNITY.