Zechariah 13:1 On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.
Sometimes when my kids walk into the room, my wife looks at them and says, “you need to go take a shower.” It’s not that they don’t bathe regularly, it’s just that some days are stinkier than others. Those are the days where you want to grab a hose and take care of business. It’s not just kids, some adults need to take more frequent showers, too. You know what I’m talking about… you walk by someone and the smell hits you about 10 seconds after you pass. Please, take a shower.
We get dirty. There’s not a whole lot that we can do to prevent that. Our bodies need regular cleansing and if we don’t do it, we stink. I wonder why God made us that way? He could have just made us smell better over time. But no, He made us smell when we don’t bathe. Maybe He did it to give us a picture of what happens spiritually when we don’t bathe. When we let the dirt of life hang on us we start to stink spiritually. If we don’t shower in His mercy and forgiveness, we really start to reek.
In Zechariah 13, the Lord promised that He was going to open up a fountain that the people could get clean in. But it wasn’t physical dirt that needed to be washed away; it was spiritual. He was going to raise up a fountain that would cleanse them from sin and impurity so that they could be clean before Him. That fountain? Jesus. When we shower regularly in His grace, we can stand before God unashamed. We don’t have to worry about the filth on our life or the smell coming from our sin. We can run to the fountain and wash it all away.
These days, my kids don’t really like to take showers. We tell them that someday that will change. There will come a day when they look forward to a hot shower in the morning. They will grow to appreciate the smell of clean. They will want to wash away the dirt from yesterday. But for today, dad has to remind them to do it. And today, your heavenly Father is reminding you to do the same. Go to the fountain and let Him wash over you.
*Do you need a spiritual shower?