Friday, October 12, 2007

Glorifying God on the Toilet

I have sometimes wondered how to “redeem the time” (Eph. 5:16) while sitting on the toilet. This post will no doubt seem crass to some, but I think it is a worthy consideration. I have found there are a number of ways in which relieving myself inspires me to think God glorifying thoughts.

The first of these is just to ponder what a humbling experience it is. Consider how in this act of excretion we are nothing more than animals, though we’ve built different facilities for it, the essentials are the same. With this in mind, it becomes amazing to me that God should love us enough to enable us to be called children of God (cf. 1 John 3:1). “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8)

This may upset some people’s theology, but I think Jesus had to take time out to use the loo. As a man, he surely had all the bodily functions of a man, and hence as I sit on the toilet I can think how far Christ condescended in order to purchase my salvation. Though he was God, he stooped to the point of carrying out this most glory-less act in order that he might be qualified to save the world from their sins. Let your digestive system drive you to think of Jesus…

“who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
(Phillipians 2:6-8)

Another reason I have found using the dunny strangely inspiring, is because in this I am in some ways equal to the great men (or women) of history. I can think how even if I don’t have the genius of Jonathon Edwards, the faith of George Muller, the heart for prayer of John Hyde, or the eloquence of Charles Spurgeon, in this we are united; we all need toilet breaks. From this even field I can recognise that 1) the fact that they have been remembered for so long doesn’t make them ‘superhumans,’ or that their salvation is somehow more comprehensive than mine, and 2) I have the capacity to leave the bathroom and use my time for something significant, just as they did.

Also, If you have the luxury of having 4-ply toilet paper, don’t forget that all good things come from the Lord.

I won’t say any more for fear of getting in trouble for talking too much about toilets on my blog.

1 comment:

Paul said...

Heh. It will take a lifetime of talking about the toilet to outdo Luther.