Someone pointed out that I missed the bathroom in blogging about my “Jesus in the House” series. Well thinking about Jesus in the bathroom of our lives presents an interesting challenge, but I have always liked challenges, so here we go.
I see two interesting warnings from the bathroom of our lives. The first warning pertains to men. In the 1st chapter of the book of James, he writes “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at this face in the mirror and after looking forgets what he looks like” (v.22-24). I find it interesting that it is men that are used as an example and not women. Men are a whole lot more likely to look at themselves in the mirror and not address the changes that need to be made. When a woman looks at herself and sees something that needs to be addressed, more times than not she will make sure that it is straightened out before she walks away from the mirror. But guys not so much. “You know, it is what it is”. In the bathroom of our lives guys let us make sure we take care of what needs to be fixed and we also do the thing that the Word says leads to freedom and liberty in our spiritual lives- obedience.
The warning for women is quite different as it relates to the bathroom of your life. I Peter 3:3-5 says “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands,”. There is an issue very much in our culture, for women to focus way too much on outward adornment and physical appearance. Now let me make it clear, I am not opposed to women wearing make-up (as some are). The word “cosmetics” actually comes from the Greek word meaning “making order out of disorder”. And some need more help than others with that. The problem arises when a woman thinks it is more important what she looks like on the outside than what she really is on the inside. Ladies think of the time you spend in the bathroom of your life working on your hair, make-up and nails compared to the time you spend in God’s Word and in prayer. Again what is the adornment God is looking for and how are your time priorities in line with what is important to God.
Again, the bathroom is a pretty important room in our homes and I am sure glad for indoor plumbing. But let us also make sure we are using it in a way that honors God.