Why do we iron clothes?
I guess it makes them more comfortable to wear, though the clothes young people wear are just as comfortable un-ironed. It is my wardrobe that requires the most ironing in our household.
We iron them so they look ‘right.’ Some of the clothes we wear are meant to look smooth. One of the sights that remains in your memory if you visit Sri Lanka is the queues of young people at bus stops waiting for the school bus. Everyone wears a bleach white, perfectly ironed uniform. It is definitely a British influence, and it is a very impressive sight.
I, being the kind of bloke I am, do not really take special notice of my appearance. Well, I have no hair comb or brush. It is always instantly ready. Dye or gel have no practical use. As I’ve probably said before, it is my family who will not let me leave the house in clashing colours.
Which brings me to Jesus. Not the clashing colours, but the fact that he cares about our appearance. In a way, he is an ironer. He straightens out the wrinkles.
It is sin that wrinkles our appearance, distorts who we are, and mars the image of God in us – the fact that we were created to reflect God’s glory. Similar to what I wrote yesterday, Jesus takes the wrinkles on the cross, and in accepting his work, we give him power to smooth out our lives. It doesn’t make them easier, but it makes them look and feel different, as things do under grace.
One of the symbols for the Holy Spirit is oil. Because he does make us shine. You are the light of the world.
Don’t forget your ironing.