I’m always on the search for a great bathroom cleaner. I want a cleaner that does lots and requires little. A miracle scrubber, if you will. So, it was with this mindset that I was cruising the Sparkle aisle at the grocery store. You know the Sparkle aisle; it’s where you find every product to make your home sparkle. There it sat between Tilex and Scrubbing Bubbles. Scrub Free.
Friends, I have been in the prison of scrubbing for too long and I was ready to be free at last. With gentle hands, I placed that bottle of expectation right on top of the Cap’n Crunch and quickly wobble squeaked my way to the cash register.
The anticipation was too great, and I found myself longing to clean the shower. First, I sprayed the shower down and wiped away the cleaner per instructions. Sadly, the soap scum remained. But I wasn’t going to give up. They couldn’t have named it Scrub Free if you really had to scrub, could they?
I tried again. This time I sprayed the shower down from top to bottom, shut the door, and let it sit. The lemony aroma sang opera in my nostrils vacillating on a high note. I went about my business to return in an hour. My green sponge and I approached the shower with caution. With one great swoop, I tested the wall. A little came off but oh, how I longed for more. Half clean wouldn’t do it for me. I wanted to feel the smooth of the shower walls film-free.
I sprayed again. This time leaving it for hours. When I returned and wiped the walls and floors, angels sang. I would be doing you wrong if I didn’t entreat you to go out right now and get you a bottle. Now some of you are thinking that leaving it for hours was entirely too much work in itself.
But friends, I have to tell you that soap scum didn’t coat my shower walls after one shower or even two. It was the build-up of many, many showers. So I found it fitting that it took some time for Scrub Free to really kick it into gear.
Y’all know where I’m going with this? Sometimes the sin in our lives builds up so much that we need to be coated in God’s Word and let it sit a while. Now God’s forgiveness takes place instantly, friends. But how long does it take us to let go of the sin so there is no trace in our lives? How long until the walls of our heart are smooth and sin-free?
I need a shower every day. If I don’t take one, I stink. No nice way to say it. I also need to cover myself with God’s Word every day. Sometimes it needs to soak a while. Now here is the great part. If you keep using Scrub Free on your shower on a regular basis, the bottle tells me soap scum is less likely to build up on your walls. Same goes for God’s Word, apply it daily to help keep sin away. And you’ll smell good, too!
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 NIV