My roles as an Evangelist and a Missionary have necessitated frequent travel. At times it has seemed like it is ‘pack and unpack – pack and unpack’ in an unbroken chain. Suitcases and garment bags have a way of wrinkling clothes no matter how carefully they are packed. Because of this problem, I always carry a spray bottle of ‘wrinkle release’. When sprayed on garments, it is supposed to smooth wrinkles away. I also carry a ‘go-pen’ of spot remover for the occasional mishap.
In the spiritual world, we may also find our garments wrinkled and with a spot here and there. This is very problematic. The Lord’s expectation is that believers live without wrinkle or spot, in this present world. The Apostle Paul (Ephesians 5:25-27) speaks of how Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her “that He might present her for Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (v.27). Paul makes it clear to Titus that this is to be here and now: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age” (Titus 2:11-12, NKJ).
The possibility of sin that can stain and wrinkle our garments will always be with us. What happens if we, by commission or omission, do sin? What if we pick up wrinkles or spots on garments that had previously been washed “as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). Believers are provided an answer by John: “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). Jesus can be our ‘wrinkle releaser and spot remover”. Peter (2 Peter 3:14, NKJ) also emphasizes the expectation that believers keep themselves without spot or wrinkle. “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless”.
~ Brother Roy