In the Lord's "laundry room."

I find joy in doing laundry work.  I have learnt the great secret of doing everything for the glory of God and it has become more exciting every day.  I relate the laundry work I do everyday with the great “laundry work” our  Lord Jesus Christ has  to do in our lives as  to be presentable to His Heavenly Father. Lord Jesus has a big job to do, changing His ragamuffin church into a glorious bride worthy of the Lamb. Ephesians 5:26-27 tells us He is making us holy by washing us with the Word—presenting us to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish.

Some steps that our Lord Jesus Christ takes every day in his” laundry room” no matter how messed we are

1.      Sorting out .

Just as we sort out our clothe according to the colour, texture before we clean them ,I have learned a few lessons about God’s will to sort out our mess .

God’s Faithfulness. If you belong to Christ, if you have come to Him, He will not turn you away, nor let you wander away. Ever. He is faithful to His people. He will not abandon you.

God’s Sovereignty. God’s will for you is right where you’re standing, whether in the sunshine of your hopes, or the storm of your regrets. And it always will be. He reigns. He rules. God’s sovereignty over you will set you free.

 God’s Providence. If you belong to Christ, His fatherly, providential care has been the most constant theme of your life. Look for it. Trust it. Hope in it even on mistake strewn paths.

God’s Forgiveness. God’s wonderful promise is  that He has made peace with you through Christ, that He will never punish you in this life, or the next, for any sin or mistake. How can that be? — Because Jesus lived a sin-free, mistake-free life for you, and then offered himself to God on the cross to be punished in your place.

 2.      Check the care labels

Just as we check the care to see whether items need a cold or hot hand wash,  our Lord Jesus Christ ensures Our identity (our labels) are now for him. We are not our sinful labels. We are Christ’s.

We assume that what has been always will be. We willingly adopt the labels that come with the struggles: angry, anorexic, loser, trash, failure, addict. But the solid, firm, Biblical reality is that we are not our labels. In Galatians 2:20 Paul said: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.

When Paul said he had been crucified with Christ he meant that his old, sinfully enslaved, wickedness-loving self had been killed. It was crucified with Christ and it died. The same is true for us. Our old self was crucified with Christ and now Christ himself lives in us. We are not ultimately defined by our struggles we are defined by our union with Jesus Christ. Our old self, with all its labels is dead and buried. Those old labels don’t apply to us anymore We are in Christ and Christ is in us. Period. That is our identity. 

3.      Check instructions

Just has we have to check instruction for detergent advice for delicate fabrics, after our lord jesus removes our labels it’s for us to start listening to him for advice

 Learning about Jesus, building a personal relationship -- following Him -- is open to you.

Go for the maximum, not the minimum. Invite God to completely transform you: bending your will, awakening your conscience, breaking your heart, transforming your mind, overcoming your prejudices, soaring in your spirit, and conforming you into His glorious image.

Pursue more of His voice in your ear. Learn how to recognize Jesus’ voice by getting to know the Bible well (reading it, studying it, understanding it, applying it, and living by it) and then trust His guidance when making decisions.

Pursue more of His tears on your face. Jesus understands and cares when you’re crying tears of pain. No matter what you’re going through –Jesus is crying along with you and will meet you in the middle of your suffering with His presence.

Pursue more of His praise on your lips. Make the deliberate, conscious choice to praise Jesus every day, no matter what, to honor Jesus and learn how to walk by reliable faith instead of shifting feelings.

Pursue more of His hope in your grief. Jesus has given you the hope of heaven in your grief. Look forward to the reality of seeing Jesus face to face and enjoying the company of loved ones who have gone before you, when it’s your time to go to heaven.

Pursue more of His fruit in your service. The fruit you bear isn’t produced through your own efforts; it’s produced by the Holy Spirit through you as you consistently rely on God. God may sometimes choose to prune you to bear good fruit by cutting out of your life everything you depend on – except your relationship with Jesus.

Pursue more of His love in your home. As you give Jesus more of your heart, He will fill it with more of His love, and that will overflow into the lives of the people with whom you interact each day. Ask Jesus to help you love people sacrificially, as He does.

Pursue more of His glory on your knees. Embrace God’s purpose for your life single-mindedly and wholeheartedly. Stay focused on what God wants for your life, and do all you can to fulfill that purpose well.

 4.      Be sure to add detergent

If you will follow Lord Jesus Christ, there “detergents” you must be sure to add in our lives just like you must have detergents to do your laundry.

Read the Bible Daily .The Bible is God’s inspired instruction manual for us. It has many answers to help you live a life that pleases God.

Pray with God Daily .Talk with God often. Talk over your problems with Him. Thank Him for who He is and what He has done for you. Confess your sins to Him and admit your weaknesses. Ask God to help show you how to live a life that pleases Him. Pray for others, that they too may choose to follow Jesus Christ as their Savior and give Him the leadership of their lives.

Depend on the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that now that you have chosen to follow Christ, the Holy Spirit actually lives within you (Romans 5:5; John 14:16-17). The Holy Spirit will teach you, guide you, and strengthen you in times of need.

Attend Church Regularly. In a fireplace, many logs burn together creating heat and warmth, but a log by itself quickly dies out.

Live One Day at a Time .Too often we become anxious about what might happen tomorrow. The Bible promises that God will meet our needs, if only we will seek first His righteousness (see Matthew 6:33-34). God’s grace will be sufficient to meet the challenges that each new day brings.

Tell Others About Jesus & Be of Service to Others. Jesus tells us repeatedly to give our lives to serve Him, and to serve others. (Mark 8:35). The more you give yourself in service to others, the more you will enjoy your Christian life and  Sharing with others about your new life in Jesus--by word or by action.

5.      If heavily stained, leave clothes to soak

Just as we need to soak heavily stained, we will need to soak ourselves in prayers, word of God and in our Lord Jesus Christ precious blood

Soak yourselves in prayers. Pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17)—that is reason enough. But let's explore a few other reasons for why we should pray.

 We pray because we love: Jesus prayed frequently in his life because He loves the Father. The Father loves Him, so He wanted to spend time talking with Him even before the day started.

We pray out of gratitude. All that we have been given, all that we have received, is a gift from His hands. Prayer demonstrates and provides a vehicle for our offering gratitude.

We pray because we want to know God more fully. Psalm 27:4  If that is the case, then like a young woman dating and trying to get to know a young man, we will want to talk with Him more.

We pray to know our own hearts more fully. Prayer lays open our hearts not only before God, but before ourselves. God already knows what is in them, we often do not.

We pray to be conformed to His Image. Prayer’s purpose is that God might change us. The prayer closet is the academy of righteousness. One may enter as a truant and emerge a cadet.

We pray to acknowledge our dependence upon Him. "In him we live and move and have our being." We are created in His image; by very definition we are dependent and are to pray

We pray to receive from Him. God is the giver of all good gifts. If everything good comes from Him, then in prayer we rightfully seek and ask of Him.

We pray that God might receive glory. When the lame man is healed in Acts 3 by the prayer of Peter, his response is to rise, leap in joy, and praise God. When God answers our prayers, we offer praise. God receives glory as men receive from Him and respond rightly.

Soak in word of God

Why should we study the Word of God? The following are a few scriptural reasons that we should consider when answering this question.

Word of God is infallible. The testimony of the Lord is not only infallible it is inerrant. Proverbs 30:5-6 Word of God is complete. All you need is God's Word because it is the holy Word of God. It is complete. Revelation 22:18-19

Word of God is totally authoritative. Ps.119:89 This divine authority is for you and me as servants of Jesus Christ.

Word is totally sufficient for all of our needs. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 We Christians can be totally secure in the Lord by studying the Bible because it is God's plan for our life.

Word of God will accomplish what it promises. If God told you something will happen, and you wait, it will happen. Isaiah 55:11 There are so many promises given to us in the Bible. These promises reassure us and bring comfort to our lives in our times of trial.

 Soak in blood of our lord  jesus christ

The Bible tells us many powerful things that the blood of Jesus does when applied.  When you apply the blood, it:

Provides forgiveness of your sins. “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).

Gives you life. “Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you” (John 6:53).

Brings you close to God. “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13).

Gives you boldness to approach God. “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus…” (Hebrews 10:19).

Sanctifies you. “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate” (Hebrews 13:12).

Heals you.  “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24,

Enables you to overcome the devil and his works.  “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”  (Revelation 12:11).

 6.      After washing the clothes by gently squeezing them.

Jesus Christ does not promise life without suffering sometimes he will squeeze us but will not choke us. Yes for some good reasons he will squeeze us

To exposeour motives: why we want what we want. Do we want it for the glory of God or do we want it for our own personal pleasure and convenience?

To expose our demandingness. If we’re just looking at our own little world but not seeing God’s bigger and grander purposes. It exposes what’s in our hearts. That happens over time.

To purify and cleanse our hearts, to purge us from the things inside that are not pleasing to Him.

To prepare our hearts for greater fruitfulness and to direct our hearts into how He wants to use us.

 7. Rinse your garments until the water runs clear

Jesus finally rises us with baptism

Through Faith! Galatians 3:26-27: “In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” We become sons of God through faith and no other way. Then he says, “for”—connecting this way of becoming sons of God with baptism—“for as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

Through  the holy spirit! Baptism in the Holy Spirit is  the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit places a believer into permanent union with Christ and with other believers in the Body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:13 . Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in our lives . it identifies us spiritually with the death and resurrection of Christ, uniting us with Him. it joins us to the body of Christ, and identifies us as united with other believers.

Through immersion in water! Why water water.? Romans 6:3-4 which describe the act of baptism as burial and rising from the dead. This is most naturally understood to mean that you are buried under water and then come out of from the water to signify rising from the grave., baptism is an ordinance of the Lord . . .” What we mean by this is that the Lord Jesus commanded it—he ordained it.

 8.Dry your closes and iron them to remove wrinkles

Ironing requires pressure. Sometimes God will put pressure in our lives for some reasons For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Repentance: Suffering is a call for us and others to turn from treasuring anything on earth above God. Luke 13:4–5

Reliance: Suffering is a call to trust God and not the life-sustaining props of the world. 2 Cor. 1:8–9:

Righteousness: Suffering is the discipline of our loving heavenly Father so that we come to share his holiness. Hebrews 12:6, 10–11:

Reward: Suffering is working for us a great reward in heaven that will make up for every loss here a thousand-fold. 2 Corinthians 4:17: This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

Reminder: Suffering reminds us that God sent his Son into the world to suffer so that our suffering would not be God’s condemnation but his purification. Philippians 3:10:. . . that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings.

Comforting thought for the week

As I was typing this I thought when our Lord Jesus is doing all the “laundry work” for us he must be saying “I really like doing the laundry, because I succeed at it. But I loathe putting it away. It is already clean.” Because he loves so much.

Comforting prayer for you today.

Merciful Saviour, we bow down before your throne to magnify and worship you. We honour your beautiful majesty, we exalt thee, Oh Lord, all the world will praise your great name. We come before you, Adonai our God, not to ask of anything but to give you thanks for all you’ve done and are going to do in our lives just to make us right with your heavenly father. Amen.