Cleaned by the Washing of the Word

“I listened to Philippians today. It’s a letter from Paul to the church in Philippi. One theme stuck out to me: servanthood. Paul reminds the body of believers to serve others, to be humble, to work hard with your body and to take note of others doing the same. … My mind wandered to the stage of life I am in currently and the tasks required of me to serve, tending to the needs of those that can’t quite take care of those needs all on their own yet…I am beginning to realize that there is a lot of washing that happens in the Bible, too. You see, we are cleaned by the washing of the water with the WORD (Eph 5:26). … This washing is soul shaping” (Lindsay Banton, “Washing,” [blog], June 24, 2022,