Have you ever gone through a day without taking a shower? You feel a little off, like something is wrong. You tend to avoid going to certain places or being seen by certain people if you haven’t showered.
It doesn’t seem to matter if you’ve sleep all night long or only had a few hours sleep, a shower seems to make you feel better. There is something about washing the dirt and stink off of you that makes you feel refreshed and seem more alive. Even if you aren’t terribly dirty, but just rinse off, you feel better.
The same can be said about us spiritually. When we don’t take the time to cleanse spiritually each day, we feel a little off. How many times have you gone through your day and feel like you’re off track, you have a shorter temper or seem to be lacking the joy you normally feel only to realize you missed your quiet time with the Lord? Our heart and soul longs to be clean. David knew what he was talking about in Psalm 51:10 when he cried out to the Lord “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
David wanted to be in right relationship with the Lord before doing anything else. We’re all wired the same way. We were created for relationship with the Lord; however, we live in a sinful world and we get dirty daily just walking through life. The Lord does not coexist with sin; therefore we need a daily cleansing to maintain right relationship with Him. We can’t cleanse ourselves from sin. It takes the blood of Jesus to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [1 Peter 1:18-19]. In Jeremiah 33:8 the Lord says “I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against Me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against Me.”
By taking time every day to confess our sins to Jesus and ask His forgiveness, we stay in right relationship with Him [1 John 1:9]. As we build and strengthen our relationship with Him and begin to recognize sin before it arrives, we can turn from it, thus requiring less of a scrubbing to get clean [James 4:7]. So have you had your shower today? Don’t leave home without it. You don’t want to be a stench to those around you [Amos 4:10]. Be the fragrance of Christ [2 Corinthians 2:14] and draw others to Him.