Wrinkles are adorable on butterball babies, but they cease to look cute as we get older.
That’s why I like to wear big necklaces. As Olympic champion figure skater and film star Sonja Henie once said, “Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.”
Talk to people in Hollywood and you’ll get all sorts of opinions about wrinkles. Some hate them and go for Botox. Others are content that they add edginess and character, inviting scripts with substance—weightier acting roles.
Personally, I’ve made peace with my wrinkles, especially my smile lines. As a friend told me, “It’s important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle!”
But that’s only one kind of wrinkle, found on the face or body.
There are wrinkles in clothing. Years ago, every wrinkle had to be ironed out; but today, wrinkled clothes aren’t just Bohemian, they’re “casual chic.”
We also talk about “a wrinkle” in relation to our work, or when projects go awry. To “throw a wrinkle” is to cause a potential but easily-overcome problem. And then, when the problem is solved, we say we’ve “ironed out the wrinkle.”
Another kind of wrinkle is found in the soul. For example:
- General Douglas MacArthur said, “Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.”
- Poet and humanitarian Samuel Ullman said, “Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”
But I think the worst wrinkle of all happens in the spirit.
In Ephesians 5:25b-27, we discover Jesus will make his Bride a “radiant church, without stain or wrinkle….” Stain and wrinkle in this passage means a defect in beauty, freshness of life or holiness. Paul told the Ephesian church, someday we will stand beautiful and “faultless” before the Lord.
This will be the Church in glory forever!
Matthew Henry said, “The church and believers will not be without spot or wrinkle till they come to glory. But those only who are sanctified now shall be glorified hereafter.” *
Right now, although we are declared righteous in our position because of what Jesus did for us and our trust in Him, we’re far from faultless as far as our daily sinful choices. This is why we confess our sins—we agree with the Father that they are an affront to Him and that’s why Jesus had to die in our stead (1 John 1:7-9). We admit our sinfulness and celebrate our forgiveness.
Jesus is preparing His bride and interceding for her (Romans 8:34).
Jesus prays for us because He desires a shining, holiness-adorned Bride, a reflection of His love and grace.
Jesus is our “righteousness, sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30, HCSB). He is making us pure and holy— “sanctifying” us day by day (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:14). This is the Father’s will for us (Hebrews 10:10).
The Lord will “sanctify you through and through” so you will be blameless (spotless, without wrinkle) when the Lord returns! (1 Thessalonians 5:23) The “secret” remedy for banishing spiritual wrinkles is becoming more like Jesus!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a “wrinkled” Bride when the Bridegroom comes!
What wrinkles in your spirit does God’s Holy Spirit want to deal with today?
* Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, Eph. 5:22-33,