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Five Lessons in Faith From Six Baskets of Laundry

Today, I had the pleasure of making a new friend. While conversing with them, I discovered they were behind on six loads of laundry. You’re probably thinking, “That’s a lot of laundry”, and you’re absolutely right! However, admittedly they were very busy with other important tasks and the excessive heat wasn’t helping either.

So why am I sharing someone else’s dirty laundry? Well, I believe there are lessons to be learned in any situation, including letting dirty laundry pile up. So please allow me to take a few minutes of your time and share five lessons in faith that can be taken from six baskets of laundry.

Laundry Is An Opportunity To Praise The Lord

Some of you may struggle with balancing out praising God and accomplishing chores around the house. But wait, there is a solution to this. Do you realize that tasks, whether it be laundry or any other household task, are opportunities for praising God? It’s true. While you’re doing these chores, it’s a great opportunity to pray and even sing praises to our Lord (Psa 150:6. 1 Thes 5:17). In addition, the very act of doing laundry with a merry heart is pleasing to the Lord and can help strengthen your relationship with Him (Col 3:23).

Men, You Are Not Exempt From Laundry Duty

I’m a man, and this certainly isn’t an attempt to betray the male population, but we can and should do laundry. Do you realize there are MANY instances in the Bible in which men washed their clothes? Please allow me to share a couple of them…

Lev 14:47 And he that lieth in the house shall wash his clothes; and he that eateth in the house shall wash his clothes.

Num 19:7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even.

So guys, it’s time for you to MAN UP, and don’t forget to add the Snuggle fabric softener!

All Things, Including Laundry, Work Together For Good

Do you realize that ALL things, including laundry, can work for good to them that are called according to God’s purpose (Romans 8:28). It’s true! Think of all the people that do mission work that involves helping and teaching people to do laundry. These missionaries are opening doors that allow those they help to feel a greater sense of dignity and self-worth by helping them to walk around in nice smelling clothes. In addition, it’s also creating ministry opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Laundry, Like Sin, Can Become Overwhelming

I’m going to pick on my friend a bit. They didn’t do their laundry and now I’m sure they’re overwhelmed by it. No, they probably shouldn’t have let the laundry stack up so high and it’s going to be a bear to get it all done.

Do you wanna know the truth though? I am thankful for my friend, because they provided me with a great reminder of how sin works. When we let sin pile up in our lives, like dirty laundry, it becomes more and more overwhelming. It draws us away from God and it can feel burdensome when we try to approach Him again. When we get into this kind of funk, we need God to be our spiritual washing machine, and unload our sins to Him through prayer (I John 1:9). This is the only way to get clean!

Psa 51:2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

The Truth About Socks and Undies

Is there anything more comfortable than a nice clean pair of socks or undies? Guys, you know what I’m talking about, or at least you should. I mean, who wants to run around wearing dirty, stinky clothes? With that being said, we need to make sure what we wear spiritually is clean and pure as well. Keep your hearts pure my friends. You’ll feel much more comfortable this way.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Final Thought

Friends, there is an old saying that states that “cleanliness is next to godliness.” When we allow ourselves to live clean lives, we’re going to approach life from a godly perspective. Sure, it isn’t always easy to listen to God’s commands, but they’re for our own good and keep us from becoming stained. God has even given us a stain remover (Prayer) and an instruction book (The Holy Bible), on how to use all our cleaning tools. Make sure you’re making use of these tools today and not allowing baskets of sin to stack up in your heart. Thank you for reading and God bless.

Are there sins that are piling up in your life? What are some ways you can turn the “Tide” to eliminate them from your life permanently?

About Joel Bauer

Joel Bauer
Joel M. Bauer is a 43-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Four Oaks, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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4 comments

  1. Melinda

    Thanks Joe. Laundry is one of my least favorite chores to do. You actually managed to make it sound enjoyable. 🙂

    • Joel

      Melinda,

      Thanks for the great feedback. I’m glad you were able to find it beneficial. I don’t mind washing and drying clothes, but I never cared for doing the folding. Thanks so much for sharing. God bless.

  2. Good analogy, Joel. It ties in well with spiritual truth.

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